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Fatehpur Sikri - the 16th century city

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A travel journal to Agra by Amanda

Lower Haramsara Photo, Agra, India More Photos
Quote: This amazing city was planned, built and abandoned by the Emperor Akbar in the space of 25 years in the late 16th century.

Fatehpur Sikri - the 16th century city

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Overview

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Fatehpur Sikri is an amazing place, which I’m sure you’ll love. It’s hard to pick out any one highlight, as the magic of the place is partly the fact that all the buildings together have remained as they were built. The city was constructed by the order of the Emperor Akbar, between 1570 and 1585. After being occupied for a few years, on and off, the city was abandoned. The explanations vary – the most likely one is that the water supply wasn’t adequate for a town this size, but it has also been suggested that Akbar just got bored of the place. Which ever is the right reason (and it may be a combination of the two) Akbar moved his capital to Lahore. Within the living area of the city, the three ...Read More

Lower Haramsara

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Attraction

Lower Haramsara Photo, Agra, India
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Walking through the gate into the city, you go along a path with rather dry-looking gardens to the left and right. About 100 yards along the path, the reddish buildings of the city line your way. The first main set of buildings (the Lower Haramsara) you come to as you walk into the living area of the city is probably the stables. I say "probably", because there is now some dispute about what the largest building was actually for. On the right are two rooms, each some 100 feet by 25 feet, which were stables for Akbar’s 30 camels. The floor slopes slightly towards a drainage hole, and is fairly dark even in the bright Indian afternoon sun. Passing by the camel stables, you go under an arch and out into...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2001

Lower Haramsara

Agra, India

Birbal Bhavan

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Attraction

Birbal Bhavan Photo, Agra, India
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At the far end of the Lower Haramsara is a small palace (the Birbal Bhavan) – it is only some 30 feet by 30 feet, and embellished with stone carvings to within an inch of its life. The view of the building from the stables is amazing, and from the palace there is a great view of the surrounding countryside. The palace is at the edge of the walled city area, and the land falls very sharply away beneath the walls, so standing on the far side of the palace, you have an incredible view of the surroundings. When the city was built it was surrounded by a lake, which was created by building a dam about half a mile away. The lake was intended to supply fresh water to the city, but in a very short time became ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2001

Birbal Bhavan

Agra, India

Panch Mahal

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Attraction

Panch Mahal Photo, Agra, India
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The Panch Mahal is a 5 story summer palace, used by all of Akbar’s three wives and the other ladies of the court. It is a wonderful building, that looks more like a fantasy than an architectural construction. It is 5 stories high, and open on all sides to the elements; the walls consist only of pillars. Each pillar is wonderfully carved, delicate, and different – while unfortunately you cannot climb up to the higher stories, you can look at the 80+ pillars on the ground floor, and examine the different geometric efforts that have gone into each one. The pillars don’t look strong enough to hold up the 4 stories above, but as the building has been here since the 1580s, they must be stronger than they l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2001

Panch Mahal

Agra, India

Fatehpur Sikri

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Attraction | "The city - an introduction and overview"

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The tourist part of Fatephur Sikri consists of 2 parts – the city and religious areas, the latter centred around the mosque. There are also modern buildings on one side of the city, down on the plain below, but these aren’t of interest to the tourist. When you arrive, it’s a good idea to see the city first, as there’s a car-parking area just outside the entrance. As you go through the gate into the city, and up the road, you should ask the driver to turn right at the fork, towards the higher walls, rather than left, towards the clearly-visible arch of the mosque. Once you’ve paid your $10 foreigner-price entrance charge at the ticket booth (no change available, so make sure you have t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2001

Fatehpur Sikri

Agra District, Uttar Pradesh

The Queens' Palaces

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Attraction

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Each of the three Queens had her own palace. The three wives were of different religions – one Hindu, one Muslim, and a Christian wife from Goa. The Hindu wife was the first, and her palace is therefore the biggest and smartest. The Hindu Queen’s palace is built around an open courtyard, some 30 by 20 feet big. It has the most intricate entrance, with a pathway that twists and turns so that the square in the centre can’t be seen from the outside. Our guide told us that the 4 corners of the building were inhabited by the Queen’s highest-ranking maidservants, so that whichever side of the building the Queen happened to be on she had a servant easily to hand. The right hand-side of the c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 30, 2001

The Queens' Palaces
F. Sikri
Agra, India