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Information on Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri is a very beautiful town which is situated about 35 kms from the south west of Agra, on the Jaipur-Agra road. Fatehpur Sikri was founded in the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. This city is made of red sandstone and it is one of the most amazing medieval cities of India.

The foundation of Fatehpur Sikri was laid during 1571 and 1585. It is a perfect example of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Important attractions of the city are large gateways, palaces, fortifications, Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaza, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-e-Aam, Panch Mahal, Birbalís House and Jodha Bai's Palace.

In the deseerted city of Fatehpur Sikri one can gain a clear insight into the rematrkable character of Mughals.


Buland Darwaza

 

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History of Fatehpur Sikri

There is a very exciting and wonderful history which is associated with Fatehpur Sikri. Mughal emperor Akbar had many wives but had no successor. Due to this, he met with many sacred people and finally to a famous Sufi Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who lived near Sikri in a remote area with the hope that they will help him to fulfill his wishes to have a legal heir. Salim Chisti gave his blessings to Akbar and very soon after this a son was born to Akbar. Akbar named his son "Salim" after the saint and built the magnificent Jami Masjid near the saint's home. If Akbar had to be sanctified by a son, a sacrifice was to be made of a very dear one according to the myths. The saint's son volunteered to be sacrificed so that the heir to the throne could be born. Two cenatophs are there to the west of the mosque, one of the saint and the other of the saint's infant son. And thus Salim was born on 30th August, 1569 to the empress, Mariam-uz-Zamani and the emperor announced to build a large city. Thus the beautiful city of Fatehpur Sikri was founded on a stony ridge. But due to lack of water, the Mughal emperor neglected the city and shifted the capital to Lahore within 20 years.

Tourist Attraction in Fatehpur Sikri

The wonderful buildings of Fatehpur Sikri can be divided into two categories namely, religious and secular.

Religious Buildings
The religious buildings are Buland Darwaza and Jama Masjid - 
Buland Darwaza -
Buland Darwaza is the most amazing gateway of India which stands about 176 feet high. The Buland Darwaza was founded in the year 1602, to honor Akbar's conquest over Deccan. The doorway is richly carved with rhymes from the Holy Quran cut in bold Arabic letters.
Jama Masjid -
It was founded in 1581. Entrance to the Mosque is through the Buland Darwaza. Jama Masjid is elaborated and ornamented in pure white marble.

Secular Buildings
The secular buildings are Mariam's House, Birbal's House, House of the Turkish Sultana, Diwan-e-Khas, Panch Mahal, and Jodha Bai's Palace, all of which portrays different architectural patterns.
Mariam's House -
It is the residence of Rajput spouses of Akbar, for their privacy it is constructed around a courtyard.
Panch Mahal -
It is a 5 storied building. This building is built for a specific purpose, it basically serves as a leisure room for royal ladies. There are about 175 columns inside.
Birbal House - It is the dwelling of the most favorite minister of Akbar. Prominent features of this dwelling are sunshades and the brackets which support them.
Anup Talao -
It is a ornamented pool with a central platform.

Other attractions include: Ankh Micholi (the palace where Akbar used to play hide and seek with the ladies of the harem, and which later became the imperial treasury), Abdar Khana, Pachisi Court, Khawabgah (house of dreams) etc.
 

Diwan I Khas Hall

Diwan I Khas Central Pillar

Kings Gate

Nawab Islam Khans Tomb

Panch Mahal

Salim Chishti Tomb

Anup Talao

Lower Haramsara

How to Reach Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri is located between Jaipur to Agra NH 11 and location from Jaipur 205 km away & agra 40 km away.

 

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