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Fatehpur Sikri in Rajasthan


Fatehpur Sikri in Rajasthan is located 40 km west of Agra and an excellent daytrip (unless you want to continue to Jaipur) from Agra.

The city took 15 years building by Mughal emperor Akbar. The building started in 1570 and served as the empire's capital from 1571 until 1585. It was abandoned 14 years later because the water supply was not sufficient to sustain the population. There is much to be visited, including a palace, a mosque and many other monuments.

The Fatehpur Sikri palace

The Fatehpur Sikri palace

The site became a UNESCO World Heritage Site but apart of a little village nearby it's basically a ghost town. The people in the little village mainly live on the tourist industry.

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Fatehpur Sikri

There's a lot of buildings preserved (and restored) in Fatehpur Sikri.

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Some of the important buildings in this city, both religious and secular are:

  • Anup Talao: This is a tank with a central platform and four entry points  leading up to it.
  • Buland Darwaza: Gateways to the Jama Masjid,
  • Diwan-i-Am : This is a pavilion-like rectangular structure fronting a large open space.
  • Diwan-i-Khas: This is the place where Akbar had discussions with members of other religions
  • Hujra-i-Anup Talao: This palace was probably the home of Akbar's wife (despite the relatively small size)
  • Jama Masjid: A typical Indian mosque

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  • Mariam-uz-Zamani's Palace: The palace is build in a way to make sure the privacy is guaranteed.
  • Panch Mahal

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  • Birbal's House: The house of Akbar's favorite minister, who was a Hindu.
  • Tomb of Salim Chisti: A white marble tomb in the mosque's courtyard.

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Bulund Darwaza, the spectacular gate of Fatehpur Sikri

Getting there and staying

Fatepuh Sikri is 40 km west of Agra. My advice is to stay here a night before continuing to Jaipur (190km). You might want to go via Karauli. Here is a spectacular city palace to be visited. Karauli is still 160 km from Jaipur but you can have a stop in Gangapur (80km) with some nice temples and the Gangapur dam.

Fatehpur Sikri

Just as I said, a ghost town, and even as we speak, most of the city is still a ghost town as most of the tourist visiting the site, only spend a short time in the ruined city. It is however worth to explore the backstreets and have a look outside the city walls:

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