A city that was once the proud capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century, Fatehpur Sikri now stands deserted as a well preserved ghost town. It was abandoned by its occupants after only 15 years due to insufficient water supply.
Fatehpur Sikri was established by Emperor Akbar from the twin villages of Fatehpur and Sikri as tribute to famous Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chishti. The saint accurately predicted the birth of Emperor Akbar's much longed for son.
Fatehpur Sikri Location:
Fatehpur Sikri is located 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Agra, in Uttar Pradesh.
Getting to Fatehpur Sikri:
The most convenient way to visit Fatehpur Sikri is on a day trip from Agra. A taxi will cost around 700 rupees ($16) return. Alternatively you can travel by bus for less than Rs 50 ($1.20).
Fatehpur Sikri Opening Hours:
Sunrise until sunset.
Fatehpur Sikri Cost:
Admission for foreigners is $US5. Children younger than 15 years are free.
Fatehpur Sikri Travel Tips:
Constructed out of red sandstone, Fatehpur Sikri is full of regal palaces and courtyards. There are four main buildings, all full of architectural grandeur characteristic of the Mughal dynasty. These are the Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri Fort, Tomb of Salim Chishti, and the Panch Mahal. The best time to visit is during the cooler dry weather from November to March.
Fatehpur Sikri Hotels:
Accommodation is limited at Fatehpur Sikri so it's a good idea to stay in Agra, home of the Taj Mahal.
However, if you want to be close to the site, the Goverdhan Tourist Complex
is a decent place. It's clean with hot water, and prices range from 250 rupees to 700 rupees depending on the size of the room. Alternatively stay in Bharatpur, 25 minutes away, and check out the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
(also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park) there as well.