WEEKEND AT FATEHPUR SIKRI

A few kilometers fromAgrais the beautiful city called fatehpur Sikri. Built by the great mughal emperor Akbar, this city had been given the honour of being his capital but because of shortage of water he had to abandon it.

Today years after its birth this city holds the honor of being a world heritage site. A perfect example of fine mughal architecture this city is a must visit for all. Its beauty is ought to leave you awestruck.

 

This city has a large number of tourist attractions, with some beautiful monuments like Bulland darwaza, tomb oh sheikh Salim Chisti etc which attract thousands of tourists every year.

A weekend in Fatehpur should be spent visiting the following places:

 

  • Diwan-I-Am
    Diwan-I-Am as it is popularly known as was also given the name of “The Hall Of Public Audience”. It was used for prayer meetings or celebration. It was mainly built for holding huge public gatherings.

 

  • Diwan-I-khaas
    Diwan-I-Khaas has a unique interior decoration. As you enter you will find a single arched assembly hall where in the centre stands a carved column.
  • Palace of Jodha Bai
    The most significant building in the palace is Jodha, wife of Akbar’s palace. Its huge and giant walls assured the security of the emperor’s wife. Its architecture is a combination of Muslim and Hindu architectural styles.

 

  • Hawa Mahal And Nagina Masjid
    On the right side of Jodha Bai’s palace you will find the Hawa Mahal, t also called as the Palace of Winds. This tower is right opposite the garden and is close to the palace.
  • Birbal’s Palace
    This treasure chest resembling palace was home to Birbal, emperor Akbar’s prime minister, he was one of the “Nine Jewels” of emperor Akbar’s Court.
  • Panch Mahal
    The Panch Mahal is a five storied palace with each floor being smaller than the floor below it and it rises to a single dome which gives a superb view of this city and its vicinity. It is said that Akbar used to spend his evening here with the ladies.

 

  • Dargah Of Sheikh Salim Chisti
    The Dargah of Shaikh Salim Chishti was built in 1570 AD. It is believed to bless childless women who come here and pray for their motherhood. This became famous after emperor Akbar was blessed with three sons, when he came here. The work inside the Dargah is amongst the most excellent to be found anywhere in our country,India.

 

  • The Jami Masjid
    This mosque is one of the largest mosques in India. Jami Masjid was built in 1571 AD. Its entrance is through the the Buland Darwaza. Also famous as the Dargah Mosque, The Jama Masjid is said to be a replica of the major mosque at Mecca.

 

  • Buland Darwaza
    The Buland Darwaza was built in 1602 AD to memorialize emperor Akbar’s conquest over Deccan. This gate is the biggest and among the grandest gateways in the world. It has a koranic writing upon it which says, “The world is a bridge, pass over it but built no house upon it. He who hopes for an hour, hopes for Eternity, for the world is but an hour”.

 

With so many places to visit Fatehpur Sikri should not be given a miss. It is open on all weekdays from dawn till the sunset. Entry charges for those above 12 years – Rs. 5.00. The entry is free on Fridays.

 

WHEN TO VISIT :

 

The best time to visit this city is November to February.

 

HOW TO REACH FATEHPUR SIKRI:

 

  • Thirty seven kilometers fromAgrathe most convenient way to reach here is by air toAgraand then take a connecting bus till Fatehpur Sikri.
  • You can also travel by train as it is cheap and comfortable both.
  • Also you may drive down or take a direct bus to this city.

 

 

 WHERE TO STAY:
You would find hotels in Fatehpur Sikri from luxurious hotels to budget hotels to two and three stars. The guests have a number of options to choose from according to their needs. Among the A-class hotels we have Jaypee Palace Hotel, Hotel Clarks Shiraz, Welcome Group Hotel Mughal Shraton , Hotel Taj View, Hotel Agra Ashok,the Trident and Hotel Amar Vilas.

 

Hotel Sunrise and Hotel Atithi are some of the budget class hotels in  this city.

These hotels provide all the basic facilities which include safety, good food, room service, internet connection, television and telephone.

The hotel staff is courteous and friendly towards their guests.

These hotels also have the provision of swimming pools, spa’s, health clubs as well as shopping places.

 

So go enjoy your trip.

Best Time to visit Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar’s capital for twelve long years, is one of the most famous monuments in India. People from all over the world come to experience the opulence of Mughal architecture and royalty. This city was built by Emperor Akbar during the sixteenth century. Akbar took special concern to build this city as he believed that it was auspicious for him. When Akbar visited Fatehpur Sikri to meet Saint Salim Chisti, he developed love for this beautiful city. After he got an heir as predicted by the saint during Akbar’s visit to Fatehpur Sikri, he decided to pay homage to the Saint by building this beautiful monument. But that is not it! The entire city has the blend of Mughal and Persian architecture. This monument marked the introduction of modish Persian designs into the indigenous Mughal architecture. As Fatehpur Sikri is, till date, associated with Akbar’s victory, the city possesses a special dignified look. If you too wish to experience it personally, plan a trip to Agra and spare ample time for visiting Fatehpur Sikri.

You may wonder what you would do in a phantom city like Fatehpur Sikri. You could also come here like most of the people and stop over at Agra and plan a side trip to Fatehpur Sikri. But if you wish to get deeper into their means, royal lifestyle, history and stories, plan for a longer stay here. This city preserves its immaculate central citadel. All the monuments in Fatehpur Sikri are finely built and still manifest the royalty of the sixteenth century.

When can you visit Fatehpur Sikri?

The finest time to enjoy the oodles of past is between November to February. It is located at an approachable distance from Agra city. You can get yourself a cab booked. But if you wish for a cheaper means of transport, make use of the Taj Express or the Shtabdi Express till Fatehpur Sikri. There is easy bus connectivity between the national capital Delhi and Fatehpur Sikri. Delhi is about 204 km away from Fatehpur Sikri.

Keep a few points in mind before you visit Fatehpur Sikri

The entry fee for an adult is Rs 5. You can visit it for free on Fridays as the mosque is open for prayer. It is open on weekdays till sunset. If you wish to enter the Jami Masjid Complex, you need to dress up accordingly. Your knees should be covered else you are not allowed to enter the complex. It is a norm followed by everybody including the visitors. You can help yourself or take the help of the local guides who are easily available outside the monument. It is a good practice to carry the guide book before you travel to any monument. This will prevent you from being cheated or misguided at any point in time. Over all, you will get all the facilities and can enjoy your trip without worrying about the hassles of accommodation and travel. Take help from a good travel agent and plan a smooth trip for fun and experience.  All the monuments in Fatehpur Sikri are finely built and still manifest the royalty of the sixteenth century.

 

When can you visit Fatehpur Sikri?

The finest time to enjoy the oodles of past is between November to February. It is located at an approachable distance from Agra city. You can get yourself a cab booked. But if you wish for a cheaper means of transport, make use of the Taj Express or the Shtabdi Express till Fatehpur Sikri. There is easy bus connectivity between the national capital Delhi and Fatehpur Sikri. Delhi is about 204 km away from Fatehpur Sikri.

Keep a few points in mind before you visit Fatehpur Sikri

The entry fee for an adult is Rs 5. You can visit it for free on Fridays as the mosque is open for prayer. It is open on weekdays till sunset. If you wish to enter the Jami Masjid Complex, you need to dress up accordingly. Your knees should be covered else you are not allowed to enter the complex. It is a norm followed by everybody including the visitors. You can help yourself or take the help of the local guides who are easily available outside the monument. It is a good practice to carry the guide book before you travel to any monument. This will prevent you from being cheated or misguided at any point in time. Over all, you will get all the facilities and can enjoy your trip without worrying about the hassles of accommodation and travel. Take help from a good travel agent and plan a smooth trip for fun and experience.

Fatehpur Sikri Architecture

The 16th century extravaganza still stands as an epitome of fine architecture. This town is a wonderful example of the Mughal architecture with touches of the Gujarati, Bengali and Rajasthan architecture. The decorative columns, precisely made latticed windows (or jails as you know it) and the royal carving makes this city picture perfect. This city takes you to the historical times and cuts you off from the topical modernisation. You will love every bit of Fatehpur Sikri from surface ornamentation to red sand stone. You will also notice the influence of numerous civilizations which existed during the sixteenth century. This is because of the reason that this town was built with meticulous care and masons, architects and craftsmen from all over the country were used. The best of people have been engaged to create this beautiful city, today known as the city of victory, Fatehpur Sikri, located about forty km from Agra.

The distinguishing thing about Fatehpur Sikri’s architecture and planning is that the region is clearly divided into large sequence of coupled rectangular courtyards. This gives it a finely planned feel. These courtyards are united with a polar axis. These are grouped in a spread out arrangement across, the crown of a slender slanting bridge. The Islamic norms and practices played a very significant role in the planning of this spectacular city. Although, it is believed that Fatehpur Sikri had major Hindu architectural traces, yet it cannot surpass the Islamic, Arab and central Asia effects that are till date manifested in its royalty.

Fatehpur Sikri’s architectural wonders consist of the Jami Masjid, the Buland Darwaza, the Panch Mahal, Saint Salim Chisti’s Tomb, Diwan -i- Am, Diwan –i- Khaas and Birbal’s House.  These buildings are a delight to watch. Their architecture forces you to wonder about the magnificence of the Mughal Era. Emperor Akbar took personal interest in each of the monuments as he wanted to build a perfect masterpiece to pay homage to Saint Salim (who envisaged that Akbar would have his successor)

The famous Fatehpur Sikri complex has nine entrances. As you enter through one of entrances, you get to experience the Diwan-i-Am, the house of the common people. It is a huge courtyard which Akbar used for listening to petitions. Diwan-i-Khaas, the house of private people is a small single story monument. This royal corral lies behind the house of the common people. But it has the most spectacular sculptures ever made in the sixteenth century. The store column in the centre is picture perfect. It gives way to the vaulted brackets with four passages. These passages lead to different places like Ibatat-Khana (which was primarily used for initiating prayers by Emperor Akbar).

The Buland Darwaza is the grandest entrance to the complex. It stands as a proof of Akbar’s victory over Gujarat. This entrance is built in fine red stone and is 176 feet from the ground’s surface. It has a modest embellishment with Mughal calligraphy. This piece of architecture will not leave your sight till miles.

Quick Facts about Fatehpur Sikri

Let us throw some light on the quick facts about the royal heritage, the great town of Fatehpur Sikri that will take you to the grounded history of Mughals. We are sure that after reading this write up you will rush to plan a trip to this great heritage. Fatehpur Sikri, located in Uttar Pradesh is about forty km from Agra. This city, being in proximity to the world famous monument, the Taj Mahal, gains huge attraction. All the tourists that visit Taj make an excursion to Fatehpur Sikri as well. But does this town only deserve a small little excursion? Do you want to know more about the history of Fatehpur Sikri? If yes, then make a long trip to Fatehpur Sikri and get deeper into the untouched town.

This city was built by the famous Mughal Emperor Akbar in the sixteenth century. The great emperor wanted to pay homage to Saint Salim Chisti. Akbar was quite depressed as he was not able to have an heir. After paying a visit to this Saint, he saw his successor in a year’s time. This gave birth to a legendary town, now known as Fatehpur Sikri. The great city is also known for its stories related to Akbar’s victories. Each and every monument in Fatehpur Sikri has a different mystical story to it. The famous Buland Darwaza epitomises Akbar’s victory over Deccan and Gujarat.  Buland Darwaza records Akbar’s victory over Gujarat in 1601 and is known as the gate of magnificence since then. This doorway is the grand entrance to the Jami Masjid. Jami Masjid, built a little higher than the ground level, is one of the most worshiped places for Muslims. This Masjid is built higher than the other buildings to signify dignity, which it truly deserves to have. This fifty four meter tall gateway is equal to a 15 story high biding. Building this massive structure in the sixteenth century wouldn’t have been an easy task! Did you know that it is the highest gateway in India? Decorated in red sand stone and Mughal carvings, the Buland Darwaza looks royal and exclusive. The parquet white marble gives it a perfect Mughal architecture feel. Nothing other than the superlative Buland Darwaza could be the entrance to the royal and holy Jami Masjid.

Jami Masjid, the world’s most famous Mosque, was built in the year 1571.  The entire Mosque complex is a huge piece and can incorporate a large number of people at one instance.  You can get to notice the transition in Mughal Architecture from aboriginal to contemporary Persian.  The key feature of the Jami Masjid architecture is that its interior is beautifully carved in flowery designs.  The interior has water colour paintings and beautiful floral designs.  The actual mosque comprises of one dome only but the courtyard is spacious with a capacity of twenty five thousand people.  The inner mihrab is decorated inlaid medley of stones that are bounded with glossy tiles, blended with golden captions and a royal blue background.