A unique blend of architectural excellence and religious beliefs define the Fatehpur Sikri. This monument was built by Akbar to honour Sheikh Salim Chishti, a great Sufi Saint. Fatehpur Sikri was the Capital of the Mughal Empire for over 15 years. Located near Agra, Fatehpur Sikri assures an experience that one will always treasure. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an ancient city, which was once deserted for sixteen long years.
Location: Uttar Pradesh (37 kilometers from Agra)
Visiting Hours: From Sunrise to Sunset
Fatehpur Sikri houses mosques, palaces and courtyards, each of which has a fine detailed architectural style that will surely surprise you. Most of these are built in red sandstone.
- The giant Buland Darwaza or the ‘Gate of Magnificence’ is counted among the world’s tallest gateways.
- Panch Mahal: A palace that was made for the entertainment of Akbar.
- Elephant Monument
- Giant Ludo (game): The Emperor used to sit in the centre, while the role of players in the game was played by girls. One word for it – Amazing!
- Diwan-i-khas (Hall of Private Audience) and Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience)
- Jama Masjid: It is among the initial buildings that came up in the complex of Fatehpur Sikri and attracts you with its chhatri (cenotaph) and marble inlay.
- Tomb of Salim Chishti
- Birbal House: Dedicated to Akbar’s favourite minister, Birbal.
- Hire a guide for a deeper and clearer understanding of the monument.
- Invest quality time to explore Fatehpur Sikri. Spending 2-3 hours here is enough.
- Beware of touts selling items in the name of charity. Politely ignore them.
- You will have to hire a bus or cab from the parking area to reach the monument.
Truly an overwhelming experience!
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