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#4 of 146 Places To Visit in Agra
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Agra, Uttar Pradesh 283110, India
entry fee
per person Indian Visitor and citizen of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries
per person Other Foreign Visitor
No entry fee for children upto 15 years of age
per person Indian Nationals
Sunrise to Sunset. There is an Archaeological site Museum near Diwan-I-Am booking counter. It is opened from 9.00 AM to 5.00 P.M.
visit duration
Around 1 hour

how to reach fatehpur sikri

Agra and Delhi are the nearest airports. The Taj Express and Shatabdi connect Agra to Delhi. You can also drive down the NH 2 to reach Agra. About an hour's drive from the main Agra City, Fatehpur Sikri is a landmark in itself, quite easily accessible by road.

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about fatehpur sikri

Fatehpur Sikri was founded by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year 1569. Located at a distance of around 35 km from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri holds high historic importance. As per the legend attached with this city, Saint Salim told Mughal emperor Akbar that his son is going to be a great ruler. In the year 1569, when Akbar's second son was born, he moved his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and named his son Salim. 

Salim Chishti’s grave, in an exquisite marble tomb near the Jama Masjid, is still a revered spot. Akbar chose red sandstone to minimize the stylistic clashes that could result from the mixing of elements of Timurid, Persian and Indian styles. An astonishing city took shape: pavilions and courtyards, domes, balconies, terraces, gardens, elegant cupolas, tanks, pools and baths. The architecture sheltered the imperial household from the harsh North Indian sun, but it also allowed for the play of filtered or refracted light and air through latticed windows and doors. 

Fatehpur Sikri is playful and full of surprises: turn a corner and find an enchanted walled garden, or climb out of an apartment and find a tree perfectly framed in a window. Fourteen years after its construction, Akbar and his court left Fatehpur Sikri forever, moving the capital to Lahore. Lack of water is usually posited as the reason for abandoning the city. You can still follow the spirits of Akbar, his wives, his Nine Jewels, ladies of the harem... through Buland Darwaza—the highest gate in India, Jodha Bai’s Palace, Maryam’s House, Birbal’s House, Daulat Khana, Diwan-Khana-i- Khas, Diwan-i-Am and Pachisi.

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Hanu Channi-Tiwary
Hanu Channi-Tiwary
Make a wish
Oct 13 2014
If history and beautiful architecture interest you, Fatehpur Sikri is a must in your bucket list. It is fabled that Akbar visited a sufi saint Salim Chishti in Sikri who predicted the birth of an heir to the throne. When this prophecy came true, the ...... read more
Varun Lakhera
Varun Lakhera
trip to fatehpur sikri
Jul 02 2014
it was a wonderful trip to the fatehpur sikri with my elder brother . The fatehpur sikri is 35 km away from agra.so i used my bike and drive to the fatehpur sikri with brother.it was new experience for me. it takes approx 1 hour 20 minute. The archi ...... read more