FindItMore | Fatehpur Sikri is a small town, located in the Agra district of Uttar Pradesh, India. Impressed by the prophecy of the Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chishti, Emperor Akbar build this city in the second half of the 16thcentury. This temporary capital of Mughal Empire derived its name from the Persian word Fatah meaning victory and given to it by Akbar representing his victory over Gujrat. This masterpiece of Indo-Islamic architecture was abandoned in the year 1585 due to the shortage of water and the proximity of the area to the Rajputana neighborhood.
Maharajas’ Express will help you to discover the city of Emperor Akbar.
To celebrate his victory over Gujarat, Akbar build this Mughal architecture.55 meter high this gate marks the entrance to the palace at Fatehpur Sikri. Buland Darwaza which means magnificent gate in Urdu is made of red sandstone, marble and granite inlays.Also known as the “Gate of Magnificence”, this gate is also an example of Akbar’s religious tolerance, phases from Bible is written on the main gate in Persian words.
The royal chamber of Emperor Akbar, was built for special people and religious leaders who were a private audience of the emperor. Decorated with precious stones this private hall is another prominent example of Mughal architecture.
Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti
To honor the Sufi saint Salim Chisti, Akbar built this white marble encased tomb in the courtyard of Jama Masjid.The tomb is decorated with brightly colored flower murals and with mother of pearl shell. There is a passage carved with ‘Jalis’ (architectural decoration) around the tomb for circumambulation. This structured was influenced by the 15th century Gujarat Sultanate Period.
Built under the guidance of Salim Chisti, Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India. Made with red sandstone and white marble this mosque is one of the most notable tourist spots in Agra. The interior of this spacious place is decorated with ingenious geometrical patterns colored in brown, red, turquoise, black and white.
Panch Mahal is built in a pyramidal structure. This five successively receding stories are supported by a total of 176 columns. This wind catcher tower, build in front of Anoop Talav, was used for musical concerts and other entertainments.
Jodhabai Palace was built for the third queen of Akbar, Jodhabai. This palace also known as Mariam-Uz-Zamani shows a mix architecture of Rajputana and Islamic Mughal style.
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Package for Fatehpur Sikri
Maharajas Express offers 5 pan-India itineraries, among them below mentioned 3 routes will take you to this Mughal land.
- Heritage of India : Duration 7 night/ 8 days
Destination Covered: Mumbai-Ajanta-Udaipur-Jodhpur-Bikaner-Jaipur-Ranthambore-Agra-Delhi.
- Indian Panorama : Duration 9 nights / 10 days
Destination Covered: Delhi-Jaipur-Jodhpur-Ranthambore-Fatehpur Sikri-Agra-Gwalior-Orchha-Khajuraho-Varanasi-Lucknow-Delhi.
- Gems of India : Duration 3 nights/ 4 days
Destination Covered: Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi.
Sophisticated lifestyle of Mughal, Indo-Islamic architecture, amazing sights and the royal treatment of Maharajas’ Express will undoubtedly make your journey extraordinary.