Set atop a rocky outlier of the upper Vindhyan range, barely thirty-seven kilometres to the west of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri is a dramatic, deserted and ghost-ridden landscape. This imperial city was built by Akbar as a sign of gratitude to the sufi saint Shaikh Salim for blessing him with an heir. Long before Akbar set his eyes on this ridge, it was a completely uninhabited stretch of land; whatever glory or fame it acquired was purely a result of the sufi saint’s choice of turning it into a hermitage.
It is said that the young Akbar, after his ascension to the throne at the tender age of fourteen, used to hunt frequently around Sikri. It was during one of his hunting expeditions that his c...Read More