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(Fatehpur Sikri)
Main palace at Fatehpur Sikri
Susan at Lal Kot
Delhi is a city with a long history; It has been built and razed seven different times.  Colonial Britain was the last to add a conqueror's touch. Dave and I rickshawed to the ruins of Lal Kot, said to be the first city of Delhi. It was built by Anangpal around 900 CE. It survived in that state until 1193, when an invading ruler from Afghanistan (Muhammed of Ghor) razed it and began construction of the 'second Delhi'.

Colonnade at Qutab Minar

The Qutab Minar was built by Qutb-al-Din. It is part of a mosque where the Muslim faithful come to pray. It was built around 1190 CE. For reference, this was during the same time as the crusades of the Middle Ages in Europe or during the classic phase of the Maya in Central America.

Humayan (great great grandfather of the Taj's famous Shah Jahan) was ruler of Delhi during the early 16th century. He was responsible for creating the sixth city of Delhi. Humayan's mausoleum is beautifully maintained and open for the interested explorer.

Fatehpur Sikri was built by Akbar in 1574. He had to move his court back to Agra shortly after work on the city was completed because of a shortage of water. Now the city is a ruin where wandering tourists can get caught up in its beauty and charm.
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