Buland Darwaja

Bulund Darwaja

Salim Chisti Tomb

Vaishno Devi

Palaces

Akbar Palace

Buildings

Haridwar

Recommended Tours

History

Hindu-Pilgrimage

First Planned city built by Mughal King. Fatehpur Sikri was capital of Mughal kingdom between 1571 to 1585.

It is UNESCO World heritage site.

The city was built in honor of  a Sufi Saint -Shaikh Salim Chisti. The city was built using Mughal, Indian and Persian architecture. It is both a pilgrimage and a architecture marvel. It is only 36 KM from Taj Mahal and a perfect place to visit while visiting Taj Mahal.

 

Significance

Buddhist Pilgrimage

Fateh pur Sikri has tomb of Saint - Shaikh Salim Chisti. Akbar the great king made this capital of India. However after his death it was changed. It is said that due to ater shortage in this area, city was abondoned. Today it is also known as Ghost city of India. The city is very popular among tourist and archeologist. Fatehpur sikri is built on Vindhya hills. There is a lake outside which is mostly dried now. Akbar had a son and twins. The twins died. At that time Saint Salim Chisti predicted that Akbar will have one more son. In 1569 akbar had a son, Akbar named it Salim to honor Saint. The son was born at Old Sikri. At 2nd Birthday of Salim or Jahangir, Akbar announced to move its capital from Agra to Sikri and named it as Fatehpur sikri. I

 

Architecture

Jain-Pilgrimage

Akbar the great Mughal King built the city and moved capital to Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur sikri is surrounded by 11 KM wall on 3 side and on 4th side there is a lake. All buildings are made of Red stone found locally called "Sikri stone". The building has influence of Mughal, Hindu and Jain architecture. The craftsman, designer from Gujrat, Bengal, Rajasthan designed and built various building of Fatehpur Sikri. There is a 7.5 KM long wall and there are various gates along the wall. Within Fatehpur Sikri main campus there are places to see Buland Darwaja, Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Am  and many more.

 

Buildings

Ajmer-Sharif

Buland Darwaja is 54 meter high structure. Buland means strong and Darwaja means Door. This structure was added 5 years after Fateh pur Sikri was Built. Jama Masjid is also called Friday mosque or Jami Mosque. It was the place of worship. Within Jama Masjid there is a tomb of Sufi Salim Chisti. The tomb is white color single story structure. Near this tomb there is another tomb of Islam Khan who was grand son of Shaikh Salim Chisti.

Diwan-i-Am is a pavalion like area where king used to meet General public.

Diwan-i-Khas was a area where Akbar used to meet special representative from various religions.

Khwabgha  is a building Where King akbar used to live.

Panch Mahal is a five story palace mainly meant for ladies

Anup Talao is an ornamental pool.

Mariam-uz-Zamani's palace was place for Akbar main wife.  She was from Gujrat.

Naubat Khana is place where musician and drummers used to play drums.  These were played to announce arrival of King Akbar.

Gates

Ajmer-Sharif

There are multiple gates around 7.5 KM wall in Fateh pur Sikri. Delhi Gate,  Birbal Gate, Agra Gate, Lal Gate, Gwalior Gate, Chandanpal Gate, Ajmere Gate, Chor Gate, Tehra Gate and few more.

Buland Darwaja is 54 meter high Gate.  

 

Taj Mahal

Golden-Temple

Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri are near. If you are visiting from outside UP,  it is worthwhile that in one trip you visit Fatehpur sikri, Taj Mahal.  Fatehpur Sikri is only 36 Km from Agra.

We visited Agra - Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and other places during the day and visited Fatehpur Sikri on the way back.  However it is good idea to visit Taj Mahal both in day and in night.