Fatehpur Sikri

  • Fatehpur Sikri was the first planned city of the Mughals.
  • It is also the place demonstrating the first heritage of the Mughal architecture, an amalgamation of the Persian, Hindu and Islamic architecture.
  • It was virtually the capital of Akbar from 1571 to 1585. However, later it was abandoned mostly because of the problem of drinking water supply.

Fatehpur Sikri is a world heritage site declared in 1986. The important monuments in Fatehpur Sikri are:

  1. Buland Darwaja : Built in 1576-77 in commemoration of Akbar’s Gujarat Victory.
  2. Jama Masjid
  3. Tomb of Salim Chisti: This is a singular monument encased in white marble encrusted with mother of pearl (Nacre) mosaic. the Jalis in the circumambulation with intricate geometric designs is its special feature.
  4. Diwan-i-aam: The hall of public audience
  5. Diwan-i-Khas: The hall of private audience.
  6. Naubat Khana: the Drum House
  7. Panch Mahal: The court for ladies.
  8. Birbal’s house: the home to the favourite Vazir of Akbar.
  9. Anup Talao: A pool

Today, this beautiful city, though a great tourist destination, is a deserted. It was abandoned and ever since has remained the desolate and abandoned city.

  • A few years back, some Jain & Hindu idols were found which were dated 1010 AD near the Birbal ka Tila site which have rise to a hot debate that this beautiful city was actually a great Hindu site, that was vandalized by the great Mughal.

Whatever may be the truth, but palaces, tombs, mosques, baths, lake and everything at Fatehpur Sikri is a great Indian Heritage through which we recognize the grandeur and pomp of Akbar, greatest of Indian emperors.

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  • kumar2703
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    Fatehpur Sikri or ‘the City of Victory’ is a fortified city in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.