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#12 of 146 Places To Visit in Agra
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Fatehpur Sikri, Agra,Uttar Pradesh, 282001, India
entry fee
no entry fee
All days of the week
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
visit duration
1 to 2 hours

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about panch mahal

When the Persians came to India, they had to find newer ways to endure the tropical climate, especially the harsh summer months. The Panch Mahal is example of this phenomenon, a pillared, 5-floor structure built as an escape from the heat.

The pillars allow breeze to pass through, creating a natural airway and ventilation to keep the climate cool. There are 84 pillars on the ground level, 56 on the first, 20 on the second, 12 on the third and 4 on the fourth level. The top is covered with a traditional chhatri-style dome. Pillars also have beautiful carvings with the typical Mughal motifs of rosettes, floral vases or arches.

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