Fatehpur Sikri is famed for its intricate red sandstone carvings

Fatehpur Sikri is famed for its intricate red sandstone carvings

A walkway in Fatehpur Sikri

A walkway in Fatehpur Sikri

The stunning Mughal architecture will leave you awestuck

The stunning Mughal architecture will leave you awestuck

Gardens in the Fatehpur Sikri complex

Gardens in the Fatehpur Sikri complex

Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • First Timers
  • Culture Vultures
  • Nirvana-aah
  • Something Different
    • Language

      Hindi, English and Urdu
    • Altitude

      708 metres above sea level
    • Time zone

      GMT + 05.30 hours
    • Theme

      Heritage

Famed as the second-best counterpart of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri has all the ingredients of a magnificent architecture and a rich historical past that can astonish many a traveller.

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You will like

  • Red Sandstone Carvings

    Witness the finest paintings and carvings depicted on the red sandstone buildings inside the monument complex, especially at the time of sunset.

  • Dargah of Khwaja Salim Chisti

    This marble wonder stands as a unique and attractive architectural piece amongst the red stone complex. It is believed that sincere prayers are answered at this worship place and pilgrims from far and wide often visit the Dargah barefoot.

Be prepared

  • Touts

    Be careful of many touts who will cajole you to pay for their tour services. You can be upfront and tell them that you do not require their services.

  • Hot Afternoons

    During the afternoon, summer heat can be harsh on your feet as red sandstone gets hot faster. So, ensure you visit the monument accordingly.

Describing It

Approximately 37 kilometres from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri's history dates back to the year 1569 when Emperor Akbar, impressed by the Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chishti’s divine prediction of a heir to the Mughal empire, decided to construct a beautiful walled city complex in his honour. This stunning complex which took almost fifteen years to complete is not just a monument but a huge land comprising of a gigantic entrance known as Buland Darwaza, royal palaces, courts and much more. There are many parks, gardens, pillars and turrets as well as red sandstone carvings that are truly impeccable, to say the least. The famous Dargah of Khwaja Salim Chisti is also situated within the Fatehpur Sikri complex.

Fatehpuri Sikri has rightly been given the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is by far the best preserved example of Mughal architecture in India. Gradually stepping in as a city, the place now attracts many travellers owing to the famous Dargah which again is no less than a star catcher of pilgrims and tourists alike. While a day trip is usually preferred by most of the people, we suggest you stay here for a while and soak in the marvellous architecture that was uniquely crafted by the then artisans.