Visit To Fatehpur Sikri: Journey back in time and discover Fatehpur Sikri just outside of Agra. It was built by the greatest Mughal emperor of all as his capital city yet he abandoned it before it was finished. Today this fascinating imperial city is a masterpiece of Indo-Saracenic architecture, with more than 40 places of interest protected behind its walls, including palaces, pavilions, courtyards, gates, ponds, a mosque and other breathtaking buildings.
The Fatehpur Sikri was founded in 1659 by Akbar the Great, the third Mughal emperor, who was looking for a monumental capital that would reflect his power and prestige. However, a scarcity of water saw the imperial city abandoned within 16 years but not before leaving a stunning complex that is today a Unesco World Heritage Site. It covers a 3km-long ridge and is surrounded by walls 6km in length, with nine gates.
Explore this stunning complex and admire the breathtaking 55 metre high Buland Darwaza gate, which took 12 years to build, and magnificent Jama Mosque. See the Mausoleum of Salim Chisthi, which houses the tomb of a saint under an ornate canopy encrusted with mother-of-pearl mosaic and has intricate stone latticework windows. Behold the impressive Hall of Private Audience and the five-storey Panch Mahal, which took 10 years to build, and the palatial House of Birbal.
Influences from Hindu and Jain architecture are interlaced with the dominant Islamic elements, creating a complex so beautiful that many consider it to be more beautiful than the Taj Mahal.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel collection.
Start/opening time: 8.30am.
End/closing time: 1pm.