A garden like feel in a ancient palace in Fatehpur Sikri, India. Because the Taj was closed on Friday we decided to stop in at a very impressive palace. It was definitely a worthwhile stop. However, first a very brief and twisted digression to this great trip.
It was so very hot outside and as you will see in this post and a few of my other posts how many women here dress. They wear amazing, lovely, decorative, vibrant and colorful clothing. It’s usually draped around their bodies in a beautiful fashion as well.
Now the twist!!! Imagine wearing one of the above outfits and trying to climb stairs and cross uneven ground and wrestle children from one place to another. I’m not lying, people were falling left and right. Not just the women in the dresses either. Every time it happened my stomach would lurch. In my life i have never witnessed such a twisted reaction to someone else’s bad luck than I did on this incredibly hot day. As my group began to cross one of the courtyards, one of these lovely ladies became tangled in her dress and fell in such a way she could not even reach her hands out to catch herself. We were over 20 feet away and actually heard her hit the ground. As we gasped in shock we heard an entire family hysterically cackling, looking a the woman and pointing at her. Yeah, laughing at her unfortunate situation. As the fallen woman’s family helped her up and over into the shade. It was obvious she was very shaken and very believable that she might have suffered a concussion. Still they laughed and pointed. Only after one of the laughing hyenas saw me snap this picture and look disgustedly at her entire family did she have the decency to stop laughing. Sadly her family did not. For some reason the sad plight of another was just one more thing to laugh about. Twisted right?Enough of that and back onto the multitude of other good twists and turns along with a variety of design styles incorporated into this palace that was allegedly built to house several members of the imperial harem. Outside of the actual palace grounds you can see the remains of other buildings that might have been built as servant’s quarters or for additional rooms for an ever expanding harem.
The apparent significance of this particular palace is that its design included both Hindu and Islamic art which is usually completely opposite in style and formation. All I know is that it was another huge endeavor built hundreds of years ago and something that has lasted in impressiveness and grandeur for several centuries and took it seriously took my breath away.
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