Murshidabad has a glorious spread of crumbling monuments, many of them over 500 years old, but among my favorite shots of the ones I took there is of this perfectly ordinary street with thrown together concrete structures where a guy in a yellow pullover cycles between the yellow colored buildings. A group of women chat in the background in the distant left corner of the image and colorful clothes are put to dry in the houses above.
Some of the best shots happen purely through dumb luck.
Shot with a Samsung Galaxy S7 phone.
Just down the road from the Dakhil Darwaza and the Baroduari mosque, you find a tall tower said to be built by Saifuddin Firoz Shah to commemorate a military victory.
And a 2 minute walk from the minar will get you to the Qadam Rasul Mosque, which is said to contain the Prophet’s footprints. Built by Nusrat Shah in 1530 AD, the compound also hosts the tomb of Fateh Khan, who was a commander of Aurangzeb’s army. A caretaker ferries you around if you’re interested and admonishes you if you take pictures inside. It’s a rather sombre site if you manage to ignore people taking group pictures and selfies outside the tomb and while the site is ruinous, it does retain a little architectural glory in its marble columns and the brick engravings on its walls.