Fatehpur Sikri: The culmination of Muslim and Hindu architecture

Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Built in:   1571 – 1585
Build By: Akbar

Fatehpur Sikri is about 37 kms from Agra and is built in Red Sandstone during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar. For only some 10 years, Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire. All the complex of temples and monuments are in a uniform architectural style that includes the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India.

Akbar had planned this city as his capital but the shortage of water compelled him to abandon the city. The capital of Mughals was shifted to Lahore within 20 years. Fatehpur Sikri is the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendour at its height.

During 1571 and 1585, Fatehpur Sikri was built. Today, this city has a population of about 30,000. This city has many of the old structures because of the efforts of the Archaeological department.

Fatehpur Sikri is a place where you can visit Agra and spend some time. The sunset over the ruins is sight to cherish. It is the best example of the culmination of Muslim and Hindu architecture.

It was the first planned city of the Mughals. The sloping levels of the city were connected into terraces which were utilised for many complexes like Jami masjid, tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti and Buland-Darwazah; Shahi-Bazar, Khass Mahal, Mina-Bazar, the Panch-Mahal, Diwan-i-Khass, Khwabgah, Anup-Talao, Diwan-i-Am and Chaupar. The efficient system of water-supply and drainage adopted here suggest an intelligent town-planning by the Mughal emperor.

Timings & Entry Fees

•    Indians: INR Rs 50/-
•    Foreigners: Rs 485/-
•    Open on all Days

I hope now you would like to visit Fatehpur Sikri to see its beauty.

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