Fatehpur Sikari is a royal city situated 40 miles west of the Agra, India. The city was founded in 1569 by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and ranks among the mostly visited spots in India. By going for tours to this historical site, you can get a feel of the rich historical culture of medieval Mughal India. The capital was later shifted to the city of Agra. There are majestic buildings built by Akbar in Fatehpur Sikri. There is a fort in the site which is a blend of Mughal and Persian architecture.Fatehpur Sikri is considered as one of the architectural legacies of Emperor Akbar. It consists of beautiful palaces, halls and mosques.
Some of the major monuments in Fatehpur Sikri are:
It is also known as the ‘Gate of Magnificence’ is one of the largest gateways in the world with height of 54 meters. This 15- storey grand entrance narrates the success saga of the great Mughal emperor Akbar and was build to celebrate his victory over Gujarat. This grand doorway serves as the main entry to the imperial complex, Fatehpur Sikri.
The Panch Mahal ranks among the most fascinating buildings in Faterpur Sikri. It is a five storey building which was meant to be the shelter of the royal ladies and mistresses. The story of the building offers a panoramic view of the surrounding area.
Tomb of Salim Chisti
The tomb of renowned Sufi saint Salim Chisti is located here. The tomb is well known for its delicate carvings and draws hundreds of pilgrims.
Jodhabai Palace (Mariam-uz-Zamani Palace)
The place where Mughal Queen Jodhabai was living. Jodhabai Palace was also considered to be the Emperor’s Harem where the other women belonging to the women of the royal harem. The architecture is a rich amalgamation of the Hindu Rajputana styles with the Islamic Mughal style.
The Fatehpur Sikri complex stands on a ridge and the city is enclosed by an embattlement on three sides and on the fourth by a vast artificial lake which was the main source of water supply to the city.The ridge is somewhat in the center of this walled area and runs from South-West to North-East. All the major buildings of the complex are located on top of this ridge, utilizing a comparatively flat terrain. At the boundary, where the slopes are difficult, lower structure is built as props to enable easy movement on top. The lower structures are mostly service facilities approachable from the lower roads and interconnected with upper levels by steps.
Best time to visit
January (min. 7 degree C max. 23 degree) and February (min 11 degree C and max 27 degree C) is right time for tourist and November (min 13 degree C and max. 30 degree C) and December (9 degree C to 25 degree C).Sunrise to sunset. There is an Archaeological site Museum near Diwan-i-Am booking centre. It is opened from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM.
Indian – INR 40 per person.
Foreign visitor- INR 510 per person.
It has good transport facilities through bus and train as well along with hiring taxis.