Hiran Minar in Fatehpur Sikri

Also called as the Tower of Antelope

Also called as the Tower of Antelope | Photo credit: Bruno Girin/wikimediacommons

Hiran Minar Overview

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Hiran Minar, also called the Tower of Antelope, is a grand 21.34 metres tall tower. It was named after the Mughal emperor Jahangir converted the region surrounding the tower into a deer (hiran) sanctuary. An interesting feature of this tower is that upto the height of 3.91 metres, it is octagonal and the rest of it is circular. You can get in the tower through a flat door that leads to a staircase. After climbing 53 steps, you can reach the top and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of royal city of Fatehpur Sikri.

On this tower, you can see the decoration of six stars and hexagons in alternate rows. From the middle of each star and hexagon, a number of elephant tusks can be seen protruding, which makes it a unique design. The design was made such because it was said that an elephant tusk is symbolic of the splendour of the Mughal Empire.

  • Photo Opp

    Hiran Minar makes for a great photo spot and the detailed architecture of the tower offers many opportunities for pictures.

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Fatehpur Sikri, 283110, Uttar Pradesh