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Fatehpur Sikri is the ancient city of Emperor Akbar and lies only about 40kms from Agra. With a name meaning ‘The City of Victory”, it was the political capital of India’s Mughal Empire for some 10 years. In 1585, soon after construction was completed, the city was abandoned because of a shortage of water. The capital was then shifted to Lahore.
Akbar chose this site after the childless ruler visited a saint in this area called Sikri, who predicted he would have a son within 3 years. Akbar and his wife Jodhabai did indeed have a son after only one year who he named Salim after the mystic and consequently moved to the place which was to become Fatehpur. The city was built between 1571 and 1585 and was largely constructed out of red sandstone. The complex comprises temples, monuments, tombs, formal courtyards, reflecting pools and includes one of the larges mosques in India (Jama Masjid). An enormous amount of stone carvers and masons toiled on buildings which covered over 2 miles long and a mile wide. The architectural style combined both Islamic and Hindu elements and all building within the complexes are without mortar.
The city lies on a hill top and is made up of two complexes. The Palace complex is made up of the royal enclosure, the harem and official buildings of the palaces. The other complex is the ‘dargah’ of a Sufi saint with the main feature being a mosque and gateway. Today Fatehpur Sikri lies in the Agra district in Uttar Pradesh and is described as a ghost city. It is also listed as a World Heritage Site.
The Khwabagh or bedroom has separate rooms where secret meetings were held by the Emperor and his noble men. It also had... more travel advice
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