Fatehpur Sikri – A Photo Feature

Fatehpur Sikri is a town located around 36 kms from Agra. It was established by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar, in the honour of Sufi Saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti, who predicted that the emperor would be blessed with a son soon. The city became the capital of the Mughal Empire in 1571; however, shortage of water and Akbar’s campaign in Punjab finally led to the city being abandoned. The city built in red stone is today a UNESCO World heritage Site.

Buland Darwaza

Buland Darwaza
Buland Darwaza

The most prominent landmark of Fatehpur Sikri, it is the southern gateway meant for the general public . The majestic structure was built to mark Akbar’s conquest of Gujarat. It was after this victory that the place got its name Fatehpur. It is 55 m (180 ft) high and is the primary entrance of Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques of India,

Inside Buland Darwaza
Inside Buland Darwaza

Dargah of Salim Chisti

Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chisti
Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chisti

The white marble building enshrines the grave of revered Sufi Saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti who predicted the birth of Akbar’s son. The Mughal emperor named his son, Salim, after the saint. He later succeeded Akbar to the throne as Jehangir

Diwan-e-Aam or The Hall of Public Audience

Diwan-i-Aam - Fathepur Sikri
Diwan-i-Aam

The Hall of Public Audienc or Diwan-e-aam, is the place where Akbar heard the pleas of common people

Diwan-e-Khaas/Hall of Private Audience

Diwan-i-Khas, Fatehpur Sikri
Diwan-e-Khas,

The Hall of private Audience is where Akbar held religious discussions and gave private audience. It has a beautifully carved Central Pillar

Inside Diwan-e-Khas, Fatehpur Sikri
Inside Diwan-e-Khas

Jodhabai’s Palace

Jodhabai's Palace, Fatehpur Sikri
Jodhabai’s Palace

The complex comprises the principal Haramsara of Akbar.

Inside Jodhabai's Palace, Fathepur Sikri
Inside Jodhabai’s Palace

Panch Mahal

Panch Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri
Panch Mahal

A five storey structure open on all sides with finely carved pillar supporting the roof of each floor.

Lower Haramsara

Lower Haramsara

Meant for the residence of maids serving the royal ladies.

Maryam’s House, Sunhara Makaan

Maryam's House, Sunhara Makaan
Maryam’s House, Sunhara Makaan

Another Structure Inside Fathepur Sikri