Fatehpur Sikri

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Fatehpur Sikri Fort is close to the Agra district of Uttar Pradesh. It was the capital of Mughal Emperor Akbar between 1571-1585, the city of Fatehpur Sikri is fortified. Emperor Akbar had very tolerant views towards other religions and he also had an interest in literature and fine arts. The Fatehpur Sikri Fort is an excellent example that showcases the respect of Akbar towards other religions by having an amazing Indo-Islamic architecture. 

The use of Redstone in the Fort can be seen Predominantly. The meaning of Fatehpur is the city of victory. Akbar chose the name Fatehpur for his newly built city after the successful campaign against the Gujrat king, which led to Gujrat becoming a part of the Mughal Empire in 1573. The First planned city by the Mughals was Fatehpur Sikri, it had administrative, residential, and religious buildings alongside palaces. The city also had public buildings, mosques, and living areas for the servants of the king, the army with many other facilities.

Fatehpur Sikri also holds the title of being a UNESCO World Heritage site. Turrets and domes create shadows during sunset and sunrise at Fatehpur Sikri. This great palace houses the marble tomb of Sufi Saint, Sheikh Salim Chishti whom Akbar used to respect a lot. The saint predicted the birth of Akbar’s boy child which turn out to be true and led Akbar to be a Follower of the saint. Under the influence of Sheikh Salim Chishti, Emperor shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri.

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History


The Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Akbar in the year 1571. During one of his visits to the Sikri village, Akbar was told about the upcoming birth of his son, the heir to the Mughal throne by the Sufi Saint, Shiekh Salim Chishti. When the prophecy came true Akbar was overwhelmed and decided to build a new capital in the village of Sikri. The city remained Akbar’s capital between 1571-1585. The Fatehpur Sikri history is full of tales and stories.

The Fatehpur Sikri fort has witnessed many successful campaigns by the Akbar, that ultimately led to the expansion of the Mughal Empire. Around the year 1585, Akbar felt the need of changing his capital due to the shortage of water and a constant struggle between Mughals and Rajputs. Ultimately the capital was shifted to Lahore in 1598 and later on it was changed to Agra in 1601.

Marathas, after their conquest of Delhi, took control of the Sikri fort, and the charge of the fort was later on transferred to the British who used the complex as their headquarters. During all these times the mosque inside the fort is not harmed and is still being used to offer prayer. Many parts of the fort took some damage over time.

Architecture


The classic Indo-Islamic architecture can be seen throughout the Fatehpur Sikri fort. Fatehpur Sikri built by Akbar has many carvings, courtyards, and the overall aura of this great fort can easily mesmerize anyone. The fort is surrounded by an eight-km-long wall with various entry points. Buland Darwaza a 55m high structure located on the south wall of the mosque was built to mark the victory of Akbar against the Gujrat ruler.

Jama Masjid according to some historians was the first structure to be constructed inside the fort and the mosque holds great religious and cultural significance. The Tomb of Salim Chishti is a single-storey structure that is constructed in the courtyard of Jama Masjid. The grave of the great saint is placed inside a wooden canopy and decorated with the mother-of-pearls.

Activities


  • The Fatehpur Sikri fort complex is so vast that you will get tired while checking out every place. Buland Darwaza is a 55m high gate that is one of its kind and has beautiful designs on it. 
  • Jama Masjid mosque is a religious place inside the fort that has been used by people to offer prayers since the rule of Emperor Akbar. 
  • Being a five-storey column structure Panch Mahal is a unique architectural marvel. The columns on every level are engraved with carvings that catch the eye of every visitor. 
  • Hiran Minar is said to be the topmost tower with a height of 80 feet was used to put a lamp to show the way towards the fort at night.
  • Anup Talab is a beautiful water tank constructed with Redstone, you can spend some time there during the sunset.

Tips for visiting


  • Try to plan your visit to the Fatehpur Sikri Fort and alot some extra hours to cover the fort entirely.
  • Buland Darwaza and Jama Masjid Mosque are two of the very famous places inside the fort that are not be missed.
  • The Palace of Jodha Bai is also very beautiful to visit.
  • Try not to throw garbage here and there, use dustbins provided by the officials.
  • Photography is allowed.

Best time to visit


Cold weather as per many travelers is considered best to visit these vast forts. In the summer season,  one can not tolerate the heat and will not be able to enjoy the beauty of the Fatehpur Sikri fort.

Nearby Atractions


  • Panch Mahal 
  • Buland Darwaza
  • Birbal’s house

Nearby Hotels


  • Hotel Taj Vilas
  • Hotel Royale Residency
  • Genx Agra
  • ITC Mughal Agra

Interesting Facts About Fatehpur Sikri


  • The extensive use of Redstone can be seen all around the fort.
  • The Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Emperor Akbar.
  • Buland Darwaza of the fort was commenced to celebrate the victory over Gujarat.
  • Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nearby Restaurants


  • Ganpati Resort
  • Sher-E-Punjab hotel and restaurant
  • Jodha restaurant 
  • Lake view restaurant

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  • Jaipur
  • ( On january 10, 2022 )
  • 5 - Excellent

Great service and friendly team

Our Rajasthan trip was very unorganized and from day 1 we need to argue for each committed hotel and details. Driver and hotel were not informed in advance and we need to pay 12000/- for the forceful event at the hotel which was never informed to us.

People Also Ask About Fatehpur Sikri

No, you are not supposed to book in advance to visit the fort.

Nearby hotels are Hotel Taj Vilas, Hotel Royale Residency, Genx Agra, and ITC Mughal Agra.

Nearby restaurants are Ganpati Resort, Sher-E-Punjab hotel, and restaurant, Jodha restaurant, and Lake views restaurant.

The Winter season is considered the best time to visit Fatehpur Sikri Fort.

The fort is widely famous for being the official residence of Akbar.

Children under the age of 15 can visit the fort for free.

Yes, it is completely safe for solo travelers.

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