Sunday, April 24, 2011

Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, India

Fatehpur Sikri Agra
Fatehpur Sikri entrance

Fatehpur Sikri entrance
Our next stop was Fatehpur Sikri (the city of victory). Fatehpur Sikri is one of the world heritage sites. It is around 39 kms from Agra. Yet another marvel of Mughal Architechture, it was constructed by Akbar in the beginning of 1570 in honour of the great renouned Sufi Saint Shaikh Salim Chisti. The buildings at Fatehpur Sikri reflect both Islamic and Hindu elements. When Saint Salim Chisti died, he was buried in the sikri. The tomb now stands in the middle of the courtyard of the Jama Mosque in the Fatehpur Sikri complex. The extensive jaali work on the exterior and interior is beautiful.

This world heritage site is a must visit. Make sure you have at least 3-4 hours, if not more, to see the entire complex. You can hire a car for this trip but for the last lap of your journey, you may have to take a local auto. Check out Wikipediafor more on this beautiful heritage site.
Fatehpur Sikri courtyardFatehpur Sikri   heritage site Agre India
Courtyard in the Sikri Complex

Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chishti

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