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fatehpur sikri

Fatehpur Sikri is a small city in the Agra district and a famous tourist attraction. It was built by the third Mughal Emperor of India – Akbar, and houses some famous monuments like Jama Mosque and Buland Darwaza, among others.

It was also officially declared a UNESCO world heritage site. It is known to be the pride of Mughal Empire.

History

Fatehpur Sikri was founded and established in 1571 by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in honour of Sheikh Salim Chisti, whose has predicted the birth of a Mughal heir to him. It is a fortified city that had remained the capital of his empire for fifteen years.

Structure

Fatehpur Sikri town is mostly build in red sandstone – which is a major and popularly used building material for many Mughal buildings and monuments. The town is home to various monuments built by Akbar including three palaces belonging to each of his favourite wives - one a Hindu, one a Muslim and one a Christian. 

Additional Information for Visitors

Kheria Airport in Agra is the nearest airport to Fatehpur Sikri; it is situated about 40 kilometres away and is well-connected with various cities across India. The nearest train station from here is Fatehpur Sikri Railway Station, which is 300m away from the town, and is well-connected to many neighbouring cities.

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi airport is one of the closest international airports to the town and is connected to most significant cities across the world.

Fatehpur Sikri has an entry fee for tourists – INR 10 for Indian nationals and INR 250 for foreign nationals. The city remains open for tourists from 6 AM to 6.30 PM on all days of the week except for Fridays.