The home of Taj Mahal, one of the wonder of the world, Uttar Pradesh has another beautiful Mughal city in its territory. Fatehpur Sikri, listed among the World Heritage Site, is that city. Famous for its marvelous Mughal monuments and architecture this city has an amazing story attached to its origin.According to the legends Akbar visited the khanqah of Sufi Saint, Shaikh Salim Chisti, who predicted the birth of his male child. Same year Jahangir born and as a gesture Akbar built this auspicious town. Akbar named it as Fatahabad meaning ‘Victory’ which was derived from a Persian word Fatah. But in the year 1585 due to the shortage of water and the proximity of the area to the Rajputana neighborhood this Indo-Islamic masterpiece was left behind. As mention earlier this palace has many historical monuments which must be visited in order to understand the importance of Fatehpur Sikri in Indian history.
Places to visit in FatehPur Sikri
Akbar build this Mughal architecture to celebrate his victory over Gujarat.BulandDarwaza, also popular as the “Gate of Magnificence”,is made of red sandstone,marble and granite inlays. Apart from the amazing Mughal craftsmanship it also displays the religious tolerance of the great Mughal king Akbar, phases from the Bible is written on the main gate in Persian words.
Built for the special people and religious leaders, this royal chamber of Emperor Akbar is one of the most beautiful buildings of Fatehpur. Decorated with amazing floral design, precious stones and four ChhatrisDiwan e Khas shows the uniqueness of Mughal architecture.
- Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti
Made of white marble the tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti is located in the courtyard of Jama Masjid.Decorated with brightly colored flower murals and mother of pearl shell, this tomb is surrounded with carved jalis for practicing circumambulation.
- Jama Masjid
The first building in Fatehpur, Jama Masjid is the largest mosques in India. Built under the guidance of Salim Chisti, this mosque is made of red sandstone and white marble.Decorated with ingenious geometrical patterns, colored in brown, red, turquoise, black and white, Jama Masjid is the most notable tourist spots of Agra.
- Panch Mahal
Pyramidal structure, Panch Mahal is supported by a total of 176 columns. Build for the musical concerts and other entertainments, this wind catcher tower is located in front of beautiful AnoopTalav.
- Jodhabai Palace
Popularly known as Mariam-Uz-Zamani Palace is a perfect combination of Rajputana and Islamic style. This palace was made with special care for Akbar’s Rajput wife, Jodhabai.
Palace on Wheels
Winner of PATA Gold Award, Palace on Wheels luxury train was launched on 26th January, 1982. This joint venture of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and the Indian Railways has 39 Deluxe and 2 Super Deluxe cabins.
Named after the states of Rajasthan, this cabins are equipped with all the modern facilities like attached bathroom, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, individual climate controller, laundry service, writing desk, Ayurvedic spa, two restro bar-lounge etc.from September to April,this train runs on 7 night and 8 day long journey, coveringthe heritage sites of Rajasthan.
- Palace on Wheels -7 nights/8 days
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Check out the Palace on Wheels train fares and explore the historical monuments of Fatehpur with Palace on Wheels and make this journey extra ordinary.