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Did you Know?

  • Fatehpur Sikri was planned as a great town by Akbar with great care and planning in the honor of Sheikh Salim Chisti but had to be abandoned only after fifteen years due to scarcity of water in the town.
  • Fatehpur Sikri reflects the many faceted character of the man who inspired it.
  • Fatehpur Sikri is a must see by itself, although it is visited only by those with extra time after visiting Agra.
  • Said to be a reflex of the mind of a great man, Fatehpur Sikri was a tribute by Emperor Akbar to his patron saint Sheikh Salim Chisti.
  • Today it is a ghost city, its architecture is in a perfect state of preservation, and wandering through the palaces it is easy to imagine that this was once a royal residence and a dynamic cultural centre.
  • The buildings of Fatehpur Sikri show a synthesis of various regional schools of architectural craftsmanship such as Gujarati and Bengali.
  • Fatehpur Sikri was built during 1571 and 1585 and is completely built from red sandstone.
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