"Fatehpur Sikri" India Things to Do Tip by Paul2001
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Fatehpur Sikri is one of the most important attractions relating the Mughals in all of India. The site was built by the greatest of the Mughal emperors, Akbar the Great. He made Fatehpur Sikri the capital of his empire between 1570 and 1586. After the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort in Agra, this is the finest example of Mughal architecture in India.
The city, spanning an area one mile by two miles, consists of a series of eleborate palaces, reflecting pools, extensive courtyards, harems and a mosque which ranks as one the most significant in India. This latter structure is the Jama Masjid and is one of the largest mosques in India. All the buildings were built with bright red sandstone. Inside of this mosque is the tomb of Shaykh Salim Chishti, a sufi holy man who had acted as adviser to Akbar. This tomb stands in contrast to the other buildings in Fatehpur Sikri in that it is was built of white marble as opposed to the red sandstone that you see elsewhere throughout the complex.
On a personal note, I had a terrible time here. Not because I hated Fatehpur Sikri but rather for the reason that I had been quite sick earlier during the day I visited the city. India finally got to my belly. At any moment I thought I was going to keel over but fortunately I held up and was to enjoy the beauty of this wonderful city.
Another note of importance, it is on the road from Agra that you will see the so called dancing bears that some locals want you to see and give money for performing. Do not stop unless you are going to throw stones at the trainers. These bears are cruely treated and this activity should be discouraged.
Directions: 40 kilometers southwest of Agra.
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