Fatehpur Sikri

Entry : free

Address : Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India

Why to visit Fatehpur Sikri

Agra has the town of Fatehpur Sikri. In the year 1569, Emperor Akbar founded it. Construction takes 15 years to complete. It consists of temples and monuments, all of which have distinctive architectural designs.

Buland Darwaza, also known as the gate of triumph, is the major entrance to Fatehpur Sikri. There are lots of sights to see inside Fatehpur Sikri.

The main draw for visitors to Agra is that it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Due to the numerous temples, mosques, and monuments present there, tourists are drawn to the area. It has several gates, including the Delhi gate, the Lal gate, and others.

History of Fatehpur Sikri:

  • Sikri, an ancient city, was thriving in this area before the middle of the 16th century. A village sheikh foretold that Akbar will give birth to his first son shortly.
  • At the time, Akbar was grieving the infant deaths of his two boys by his Rajput bride, Mariam.
  • Mariam-Uz-Zamani later gave birth to Jehangir in the same village in 1569. Akbar constructed a religious complex to honour the Sheikh.
  • Later, the area saw the construction of a planned walled city. Akbar's Gujarat campaign saw the completion of the city's construction. Akbar gave the city the name Fatehpur Sikri, which meaning City of Victory, as a way to commemorate the campaign's success.

Architecture at Fatehpur Sikri:

  • The structures of Fatehpur Sikri are a distinctive synthesis of several architectural traditions.
  • Although the overall design and concept of the buildings adhere to Islamic architectural principles, the particular structures (mostly palaces), with their elaborate columns, arches, carving styles, etc., do not.

  • It has a robust Hindu aesthetic in general and Gujarati and Rajasthani aesthetics in particular.

Things to see inside the Fatehpur Sikri:

The Fatehpur Sikri complex contains a variety of structures. Each of Fatehpur Sikri's little palaces has a particular function and typically overlooks a courtyard.

  • Jami Masjid (Mosque)
  • Jodha Bai's Palace
  • Panch Mahal
  • Diwan-I-Khas (Hall of private Audience)

Entrance fee and timings at Fatehpur Sikri:

  • For visitors from India, the entrance fee at Fatehpur Sikri is INR 35. Tourists from SAARC and BIMSTEC nations pay the same charge for entry into Fatehpur Sikri.
  • However, foreign visitors must pay INR 550 for their Fatehpur Sikri ticket. Children under the age of 15 are admitted free.
  • The best times to visit Fatehpur Sikri are from dawn until dusk. It is available every day of the week.

FAQ on Fatehpur Sikri

When is the best time to visit Fatehpur Sikri?

It is advisable to get to the city in the late afternoon and stay until the sun sets. At sunset, the location becomes more picturesque. The red sandstone cliffs take up vivid colours as the sun sets. The monsoon and summer months should be avoided when it comes to the weather. Wintertime is the ideal season to go there. Winter lasts from October to March.

Special Tip

In reality, aside from the Jama Mosque Complex, no touts are permitted in the Royal Enclosures, therefore you must purchase your tickets out of pocket. You risk receiving a large fine if you do anything else and are detected. They will show you the vicinity of the Jama Mosque before scurrying away.

By Mehrosh Shamim

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