Fatehpur Sikri India - A little distance from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri was the dream city of Emperor Akbar which had to be abandoned later. Know why here.

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Uttar Pradesh Cities
- Agra
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- Taj Mahal
- Agra Fort
Location - Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Best Time To Visit - October to March

About 37 km from Agra, lies another majestic Mughal monument called Fatehpur Sikri. It is an important tourist attraction that brings to people LIVE history. It is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Fatehpur Sikri was Akbar's capital for about 15 years. In fact its construction was commenced by Mughal emperor Akbar in the honour of Salim Chisti ( a resident saint of Sikri ) in 1571. It is different from other Mughal monuments in India in the way that it marries Muslim and Hindu architectural styles. Akbar himself supervised the construction of Fatehpur Sikri. He even lifted stones along with the workmen. The pavilions, courtyards, terraces, gardens and pools are the additional attractions of Fatehpur Sikri.

Places of Interest
The many buildings of Fatehpur Sikri showcase a fine blend of various regional schools including Gujarati and Bengali. Influences of Jain, Hindu and Islamic architecture can also be seen. This amalgamation is seen because craftsmen of several places were involved in the making of the buildings.
Fatehpur SikriJama Masjid - Jama Masjid is famed by many names like:Friday mosque and Dargah Mosqueand. It is said to be the replica of the main mosque of Mecca. Its architecture comprises the both the aspects of Persian and Hindu elements. A distinguishing feature of the mosque is the row of chhatris (small domed pavilions) over the sanctuary.

Buland Darwaza - This grand building is the highest and grandest gateway in India. It ranks amongst the biggest in the world with a height of 54 metres. 'Gate Of Magnificence' is the common name with which Buland Darwaza is referred to. Its construction was done to commemorate the great victory of Mughal emperor Akbar. Buland Darwaza is indeed an architectural splendour.

Palace of Jodha Bai - This palace was the chief harem for Akbar's Hindu wives. Here lived one of Akbar's favourite wives Jodha Bai (mother of emperor Jahangir).The architecture of the building shows a lot of Gujarati influence.

Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chisti - Salim Chisti was a resident saint of Fatehpur Sikri. It was built in 1570. The tomb boasts of marvelous architecture. It is visited by all those who have deep faith in God and look forward for the fulfillment of any desired wish. The jalis are the additional attraction of the tomb.

Birbal Bhawan - This beautiful palace belonged to Raja Birbal, one of the nine jewels of Akbar court and his minister. Horizontal sloping sunshades or chajjas are the additional attraction of the Birbal Bhawan palace.

Panch Mahal - The five storeyed Panch Mahal with 84-pillared ground floor rises to a four- coloumned kiosk at the top, and the checkered Pachisi Court on which humans are said to have been moved as boardgame pieces.

Diwan-e-Khas - This building with a finely carved central column, has for long interested historians, who have differently interpreted its design and purpose.

Fatehpur Sikri has also been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1986. Nothing to be scared many people refer to it as the 'Ghost Town'.

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