Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fatehpur Sikri

--> Location :

Agra, Uttar Pradesh

--> Build By :


--> Built in :

1571 - 1585

37 kms from Agra is built a city predominantly in Red Sandstone and is called Fatehpur Sikri. This town was built by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. He had planned this city as his capital but shortage of water compelled him to abandon the city. After this within 20 years, the capital of Mughals was shifted to Lahore.

Fatehpur Sikri was built during 1571 and 1585. Today this ghost city has a population of about 30,000. This deserted city has retained many of the old structures, because of the efforts of the Archaeological department.

Fatehpur Sikri is one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendour at its height. Though the city is in ruins, it is a place to visit if one comes to Agra.But in real terms Fatehpur Sikri is a place where one should spend some time. The sunset over the ruins is sight to cherish.

Fatehpur Sikri is the best example of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Fatehpur Sikri Mosque is said to be a copy of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from the Persian & Hindu architecture.

Best time to visit

From November to February. Access Agra is connected to Delhi by air. One can also use the Taj Express or the Shatabdi to get there. One can even drive or travel by bus (204 km from Delhi).

Tourist Information

Open on all weekdays from sunrise to sunset. Entry fee for those above 12 years - Rs. 5.00. Free entry on Fridays.

Timings & Entry Fees
» Foreigners: Rs 485/-
» Indians: INR Rs 50/-
» Open on all Days

Climate: Extreme climate, Maximum temp: 45°C, Minimum temp: 4°C.

Reaching Fatehpur Sikri -
Fatehpur Sikri is a 25 miles (40km) west of Agra, on the way to Jaipur
Air : Nearest airport is Agra's Kheria airport. Nearest International airport is Delhi.
Rail: Fatehpur Sikri is well connected to Agra by railways.
Road: Best way is to reach Agra which is well connected by national highways.

STD/ISD Codes -
If dialing from within India to Fatehpur Sikri ----- 05619
If dialing from outside India ------++ 91-5619

Shopping in Fatehpur Sikri -

This deserted city was the capital of the Moghul Empire between 1570 and 1586. Today, Fatehpur Sikri is a ghost city, its architecture is in a perfect state of preservation, and below the fort are the markets of the Old City.

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