Fatehpur Sikri
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World Heritage Site : Fatehpur Sikri

For a long time, Mughal emperor Akbar had no son to succeed him. On hearing that the Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chishti could perform miracles, he went to see him and seek his blessings. And it worked! Soon Akbar was blessed with his first son Salim, who went on to become Emperor Jahangir. As a mark of gratitude and respect, between 1571-73, Akbar had the city of Fatehpur Sikri built around Salim Chishti’s camp, about 40 km from Agra, and shifted his capital there. The city was the Mughal capital only for about 14 years and is a bit of a ghost town now, but it is a fascinating example of Akbar’s secular beliefs, with its mix of Hindu, Persian, Buddhist and Christian architectural elements.
Imperial Palace Complex, Fatehpur Sikri
Imperial Palace Complex, Fatehpur Sikri
Jama Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri
Palace of Jodha Bai, Akbar's Hindu wife, Fatehpur Sikri
Anup Talao, Fatehpur Sikri
A beautiful white marble dargah dedicated to Sheikh Salim Chishti is a part of the palace complex. It is believed that if you tie a thread onto one of the marble jaalis or grills of this dargah and make a wish, it will come true.
Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chishti, Fatehpur Sikri
Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chishti, Fatehpur Sikri
Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chishti, Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri’s most iconic structure is the Buland Darwaza, a gateway built to commemorate Akbar’s victorious conquest of Gujarat. At a height of 176 feet, it is the world’s tallest gateway, probably symbolic of the might of the Mughal empire.
Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri
Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri
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5 Comments

  • Reply anjali gupta July 3, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Hi..It's a very informational blog post. The sprawling sandstone and marble township of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Mughal emperor Akbar and is a great place for history buffs.

  • Reply Madhu Gopalan May 22, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Sharanya – I will I will ! Right now, fog sounds like heaven 🙁

    Pritam – lol :)) thank you so much 🙂

  • Reply Pritam Preet May 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Hi Madhumita,I went to this place a two years back but didn't knew what it was called. So unfortunately I thought it was a normal dargah.A few months before a local friend of mine questioned me "Did you go to dargah of salim chisti ?". That time I was in some kind of problems. Now while I was searching for this, I came across your blog and realized I had already visited this place.
    Anyways,
    Thanks for such a great blog.
    Well done keep it up !!
    God Bless !!

  • Reply ~mE March 15, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    You MUST MUST MUST read indu sundereshans books…all these will come alive with her stories..:)

    I went to fathepur at 11 in the morning and it was covered with FOG..so no nice pictures..but it was very very plesant to sit and visualize the life of queens and emperors

  • Reply ~mE March 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    You MUST MUST MUST read indu sundereshans books…all these will come alive with her stories..:)

    I went to fathepur at 11 in the morning and it was covered with FOG..so no nice pictures..but it was very very plesant to sit and visualize the life of queens and emperors

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