Fatehpur Sikri Overview

Ranked 6 of 118 sightseeing in Agra

Fatehpur Sikri is a city in Agra District, which was constructed by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the beginning of 1570. The city was constructed to honour Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti, who used to live in a cavern on the ridge at Sikri.

This saint predicted the birth of another son of Akbar, after the death of his twins. When in 1569, a son was born to Akbar he named him Salim to honour the saint. Prince Salim later succeeded Akbar to the throne of the Mughal Empire, as Emperor Jahangir.

Akbar shifted his capital from Agra to Sikri in 1571 and named the city as Fatehabad. This city served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 till 1585 and was later called Fatehpur Sikri.

Designed as per Mughal architecture, with an amalgamation of Indian, Persian and Islamic architecture, this city has a rocky ridge, which is 3 km long and 1 km wide. The entire city is built using locally quarried red sandstone, which is also known as 'Sikri sandstone'.

The city is bounded on three sides by a 6 km long wall, which is fortified by towers and has seven gates. Some of the important buildings in this city are Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid and Tomb of Salim Chisti. Ibadat Khana, Naubat Khana, Mariam-uz-Zamani's Palace, Panch Mahal and Birbal's House are other notable monuments within the city.

UNESCO declared this complex, along with royal palaces, courts and the Jama Masjid, a World Heritage Site in 1986. Located 38.8 km away from the Taj Mahal, this city can be reached using tour buses that depart after every half hour between 7 am and 7pm, from Idgah Bus Station in Agra. Alternatively, taxis can be hired from Agra city to reach Fatehpur Sikri.

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Piyush Gulati

Piyush Gulati3.6/5

36 reviews

Fatehpur Sikri

This city is located near Agra, Uttar Pradesh . You can reach there by taking Taxi from Agra. Taxi will cost around Rupees 2000 . . Or you can reach there by shared buses operated by some of travel operators In main fort you can see Panch quarter, Jodhabai quarter, Diwan-e-khas, Diwan-e-aam, Birbal Palace etc. In other complex which is religious complex, you can see Buland Darwaja( Tallest door in India), Salim chisti dargah, JAMA mosque This religious complex have two door for entry one is Buland darwaja have 52 steps from ground level for entry and other door have about 10 steps from ground level for entry. Buland Darwaja entry for all people but other darwaja is for only emperor's family

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Romarahul Gupta

Romarahul Gupta4.3/5

3 reviews

Fatehpur sikri Agra

If you visit Jamaal in Agra please visit fatehpur sikri. Its very huge beautiful mosque.Its more beautiful than Jamaal.There you can see tunnel what mughaleaallm movie and one mazaar there guide told story like akbar blessed a son after visiting this mazaar.So if anyone who is difficulty they should visit this mazaar.

Anurag

Anurag4.0/5

1 review

Monument

Amazing pace for photography and also for fun, any photograph learn new thing here, that flower's click I must say I used my effort for good click as possible

Sandipan Panda

Sandipan Panda3.6/5

11 reviews

Nice historical place

Well almost everyone know about the historical importance, so need not to tell about that.We visit thr for a one day tour with combination from Bharatpur.Some suggestions to travellers1. Stay away from local guide, they know noting useless and always looking for grabbing more money2. Only cng buses operated from gulisthan parking to main gate of sikri. Stay away from local autos they will drop you in halfway. After that you have to climb.3 Cab drivers always have a secret agreements with guide and auto drivers. Cab drivers insist that you take guide and auto. Even they park car far away from main parking place.Keep this in mind and have a early talk with tour operator

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Sajad J

Sajad J3.9/5

17 reviews

Good place to go

We deliberated on going to Fatehpur multiple times as we just had a day and the to/from drive between Agra and Fatehpur itself would easily eat up 2 hrs. But if you have not got bored seeing historical monuments, if you have interest to see how the royal queens used to live those days and if you have seen movies like Jodha Akbar then I am sure the place would be of interest to you and should not be missed. Better to have a guide.There are mainly 2 places to see - one are the kings and queens palaces and the other is religious and related to Salim Chisti because of whose blessings Akbar and Jodha were blessed with a child.The palaces are really beautiful and a real treat to the eyes. The entire set up is built in layers - the first and topmost is Jodha Bai's palace which is also the biggest. The same concept of summer and winter rooms and the cooling systems which we had seen in Agra fort can also be seen here. The prayer room where she was supposed to have had Lord Krishna's idol and the rooms are lot more elaborate than what we saw in Agra fort. There is also a separate kitchen for Jodha, she being a vegetarian.Moving out of Jodha Bai's palace at the next level is the palace of Akbar's second queen.Again moving down at the third level is the Kings Palace, bedroom, Panch Mahala. The Kings bed is built really high and has steps to climb on. There are hooks on the ceiling where the nets used to be tied. There are also doors leading into the kings room from the palaces of Akbar's second and third wives. The Panch Mahala which is a 5 storey building is also an artistic beauty.At the forth level is Akbar's 3rd queen palace. Though it is the smallest it is also the most beautiful with intricate work on the walls and ceiling.Here also we have Diwan-e-Khas for private meetings and Diwan-e-Aam for public meetings.The rain water harvesting system done in those days is worth having a look.The next set of buildings are religious. It's the place where we have the tomb of Salim Chisti. It was very crowded with lot of local vendors who would be running behind you. But the buildings are really beautiful and carries a lot of history behind.

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Pranjal Birthare

Pranjal Birthare3.6/5

7 reviews

A day in fathehpur sikri

Nice place to see who are knows our history its a must watch place. The true architecture by Mughal's. Near about 37 km from the Taj Mahala. Fatehpur Sikri or 'the City of Victory' is a fortified city in Agra. The structures in the city have been designed following the styles of Hindu, Jain and Islamic architecture, using red sandstone, which is also called as 'Sikri sandstone'.

Anuradha Agrawal

Anuradha Agrawal5.0/5

19 reviews

Historical place

The monuments are open early morning 7 am, go early if you can, beat the crowd and get the best light if you are into photography. Better maintained than the Red Fort it is imposing and the monuments have a way of telling their own story. This is where Jodha and Akbar were blessed with son with the blessings of Saint Salim Chishti. I heavily recommend a guide.
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Sudhanshu J

Sudhanshu J5.0/5

2 reviews

Divine & peaceful

The monument, recognised and protected by UNESCO is truly a beautiful and wonderful destination for anyone and everyone. The establishments here are a masterpiece. This is a must visit place. Highly recommended.
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Ms Sisira

Ms Sisira5.0/5

4 reviews

Monuments with intricate architectural decorations and stories

This city built by Akbar is vast with many structures in it each with unique and beautiful designs and architecture. Its excellent for taking photos. There are shopping stalls on the way to the monuments and inside also. Do buy the structures made in marble by the villages but be careful to check the work for any cracks which would be concealed and select the most intricate works with symmetry.

Mrutyunjay Mohapatra

Mrutyunjay Mohapatra4.6/5

1 review

Calm, peaceful and enchanting!

Me and my family wanted to visit this place since a long time, but we just couldn't find the time despite the vicinity. Finally we took the trip last weekend.Fatehpur-Sikri is a great place place to hangout during the day. It's architecture is something to be marvelled at. There are Govt. -certified guides all around. The price is a bit on the steeper side but you can bargain. Although I must tell you, taking a guide along-with you will make your experience a thousand times more enjoyable.

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