Thursday, September 17, 2009


The journey to the royal palace begins with Diwan-I-Am or the Hall Of Public Audience. This hall was also used for celebrations and public prayers. It has cloisters on three sides of a rectangular courtyard. To the west is a pavilion with the Emperor’s throne. Beautiful jali screen on either sides separated the ladies attending the court. Resplendent in the aura of grandeur, which comes naturally from the red sand stones which are the basic construction materials used for the entirety of the complex, Fatehpur Sikri has always been one of the greatest tourist attractions of Uttar Pradesh. This ancient capital of Emperor Akbar is even today, one of the highlights for tourists planning Tours to Uttar Pradesh. Located in the heart of this ancient city is the Diwan-I-Aam, Fatehpur Sikri, one of the most important Monuments in Fatehpur Sikri.

History of the Diwan-I-Aam, Fatehpur Sikri
Built as a form of homage to the memory of the memory of the great Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti, who, it is said, blessed the emperor with an heir to the Mughal throne in India, who was to be later known as Jahangir, Fatehpur Sikri was built in 1571 and stood as the capital of the Mughal empire till the year 1585. Finding its name in the prestigious list of heritage monuments as laid down by the renowned organization, UNESCO, Fatehpur Sikri is today one of the greatest prides of Indian culture. Perhaps, no other monument in Fatehpur Sikri can take credit for this honor as can the Diwan-I-Aam, Fatehpur Sikri.

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