Fatehpur Sikri is a collection of some of the finest
monuments of the Mughal time. In fact, this place Akbar’s capital during his
reign. The monuments are preserved meticulously. This place reflects Akbar’s
ideals and vision.
Places to see:
Jama Masjid: It
is also called the Friday mosque or Dargah mosque. It is supposed to be a
replica of the actual mosque at Mecca. The main entrance is a 54m high
structure called the Buland Darwaza which marks Akbar’s victory over Gujarat at
that time. The official entrance is called the Shahi Darwaza.
Tomb of Shaikh Salim
Chisti: This tomb was built in 1570. Like the Taj Mahal and other monuments
of the Mughal time, the lattice on the windows are carved out of marble which
is just splendid. It consists of Islam Khan’s tomb also.
Place of Jodha Bai: This
is the place where Jodha presided over other Hindu wives of Akbar. The walls
are entirely made of stone latticework.
Birbal Bhawan: This
is the place where Birbal, one of the nine gems of Akbar’s court stayed. The
place also has a huge stable with a capacity to fill two hundred elephants,
camels and horses.
Karawan Serai: This
place was used by the visiting merchants.
Hiran Minar: This
grave is built over Akbar’s favorite elephant.
Palace of Christian
wife: This is place where Akbar’s Christian wife, Maryam from Goa stayed.
Panch Mahal: This
consists of a five-storied building where Akbar used to spend his evenings with
the women of the harem.
place marks the throne of Akbar. It consists of a lotus shaped pillar over
which lies a dome.
place is a huge hallway suitable for big public gatherings.
How to reach:
By air: The
nearest airport is the Agra airport.
By rail: The
nearest railway station is the Fatehpur Sikri railway station well connected to
the rest of the country by train.
By road: It is
well connected to other parts of the state by UPSRTC buses apart from tourists
buses and taxis.