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 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 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.