History Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri is located in Uttar Pradesh , about 40km ( 25 miles)
west of Agra , the city famous for the Taj Mahal.
During the days of Akbar, the most prominent of the Mughal emperors,
Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of Mughal India. After his death the
city had been abandoned. Though very unlikely, the most popular
reason told for this is some kind of water shortage or drought in
the capital region.
Fatehpur Sikri is now a ghost city, popular among both tourists and
archeologists. What you can see is magnificent ruins of the bygone
era, some are in reserved excellent, and some are literally covered
by shrubs and bushes.
Attractions in Fatehpur Sikri
Near the entry point to the city. The road passes through this
building. Probably this was the place that announced the arrival of
The place where the ruler meets the general public. Diwan-i-Aam is a
typical feature of all the Mughal palaces. At one end of the court
is an elevated pavilion. The pierced stone screens are most
noteworthy. Now the open court is converted into a garden with lawn,
where once stood the courtiers in humility.
This is where Akbar met his ministers, scholars and generals to
discuss religious and courtly matters. The central bracket is one of
Though it is named so, chances are unlikely that this was used by
this famous minister of Akbar. This is one of the most beautiful
buildings within the palace complex.
It is believed that this building within a large court was used by
Akbarís queen Mariam Zamani. Itís built in Hindu style with many
themes taken from the Hindu mythology painted on the walls.
This is located at the very center of the main palace complex. On
the open floor are the markings of a board game called Pachisi ,
hence the name.
Char Chaman Tank
An ornate tank in the central court of the palace. Four bridges
connects to the central platform.
A progressively diminishing 5 storied open structure. A five storied
The Cathedral Mosque of Fatehpur Sikri. A large mosque built by
Akbar. The domed pavilions around the court are unique. The mosque
is located at the highest point in Fatehpur Sikri.
Tomb of Salim Chisti
This white marble shrine houses the tomb of Salim Chisti, a saint
and spiritual master of Akbar. In fact Akbar built the capital at
Fatehpur Sikri in respect of Salim Chisti.
A huge gateway to the Jama Masjid.
How to reach there...
Sikri lies on NH11 at Agra-Jaipur highway, just 40 kms from Agra. It is well connected by road. Agra is the nearest major town with
bus, Rail and air connectivity.
Fatehpur Sikri Images
Mahal - Symbol of Love
Mahal is regarded as the most perfect jewel of Muslim art in India.
This huge mausoleum mosque was built by Shah Jahan, the fifth Muslim
Mogul emperor, in memory of his beloved wife, a Persian princess
born as Arjuman Bano Begum but known as Mumtaz Mahal.
Pushkar Fair begins on Kartik Shukla Ekadashi, which falls in the
month of October-November and goes on for five long days till Kartik
Purnima. The fair is synonymous to a cattle fair.
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