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Fatehpur Sikri- The City of Victory
Located in Agra district of Uttar Pradesh, Fatehpur Sikri is a small town that served as a capital for the Mughal Empire under Emperor Akbar for 14 years before being abandoned. Also called the City of Victory, the town is at a distance of about 39 kms from main Agra city and is well connected by road from Agra and other neighbouring cities. Fatehpur Sikri was re-built by Akbar using red sandstone. After his son Jahangir was born, Akbar, in order to pay his respects to Sheikh Salim who had predicted Jahangir’s birth built a religious compound here and later after two years built a walled city.
The fort wall is almost 8 km long and has nine gates for people to gain access to the place – Chandan Pal Gate, Tehra Gate, Lal Gate, Delhi Gate, Birbal Gate, Gwalior Gate, Ajmeri Gate, and Chor Gate. Some of the key attractions here include – the Buland Darwaza standing tall with a height of 55 metres at the entrance of the Jama Masjid; the Jama Masjid; tomb of Salim Chishti that lies within the Masjid campus; Diwan-i-Aam meant as a hall for meeting the general public; the Diwan-i-Khas meant for meetings with selected private audience; Ibadat Khana or place of worship; Anup Talao, a pool built by Raja Anup Singh Sikarwar; along the pool the residence of Akbar called the Khwabgah or house of dreams; Panch Mahal; Hujra-i-Anup Talao said to be house of Akbar’s Muslim wives; Naubat Khana or drum house from where musicians would beat drums to proclaim the Emperor’s arrival; Pachisi Court; Birbal’s House and the Hiran Minar or Elephant Tower.
Jodhabai’s Palace also located in Fatehpur Sikri was made by Akbar especially for his Hindu wife who was also his favourite queen. Also called the Mariam-uz-Zamani, the monument speaks volumes about the Emperor’s taste in architecture and designing. It is a significant monument that not only showcases the harem system that was prevalent during the Mughal rule in India but is important because it was Jodhabai’s entry into Akbar’s life that is viewed as making him tolerant towards Hinduism and other religions.
Important: You will be picked up from your hotel in Delhi and taken to the Agra for same day excursion which will include visit of Taj Mahal (closed on Friday), Agra Fort and Itmad ud daulah and Fatehpur Sikri.
Pick from your hotel in Delhi and drop back to your hotel in Delhi.
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