Posted by Admin on April, 11, 2020
|Agra, everyone will recognize the city at once by the world-famous Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of India. But other than Taj, Agra has many things to offer to its tourists. Mughal emperors reigned in this region for over 100 years. Hence, the enduring Mughal architecture and history are seen everywhere in the city and among them, Fatehpur Sikri is one popular tourist attraction here. If you are in Agra, you can obviously find many more travel attractions here including the Oberoi Amarvilas, Akbar’s Tomb, Agra Fort, the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, Fatehpur Sikri, and many more.
Fatehpur Sikri: An Introduction
Today, you can say that the Mughal architectural beauty is standing like a ghost town which is also well-preserved. Everyone who pays a visit to the city of red sandstone must spend some time here. The history of the building of Fatehpur Sikri says that it was strangely abandoned after its establishment but still recognized as one of the glorious creation of the Mughal ages.
History of Fatehpur Sikri:
Mughal emperor Akbar initiated the construction of Fatehpur Sikri in the honor of Sheikh Salim Chisti who was a respected Sufi saint of the Mughal era. Chisti used to live in Sikri village. Shahenshah Akbar also respected him a lot and used to make frequent visits to his place to seek his blessings. Akbar had a wish to have a son as an heir. The Sufi saint blessed him of fulfilling his wish. Very soon Akbar had his son Salim who was born in the year 1569. His son received the name ‘Salim’ after this Sufi saint. But later on due to internal politics, Salim used to possess a turbulent relationship with his father Akbar. He became the emperor of Mughal India later with the name of Jahangir. After the birth of Salim, except for Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar built a grand mosque too with respect for Saint Salim Chisti. It was constructed near his abode.
After Akbar founded Fatehpur Sikri, he moved his capital from Agra Fort to Fatehpur Sikri. After two years of the birth of Salim, he started ruling from this extravagant walled city and started living here in the palace with his wives and son. In 1575, when he conquered Gujarat, he made the massive Buland Darwaza, the entry gate to the mosque. He renamed the city as Fatehpur. After that, he went to Lahore. When he came back in 1601, he moved the capital again to Agra. History justifies the reason for the shortage of drinking water in Fatehpur Sikri. Some other sources justify it as the lack of interest of Akbar in the city as the saint was no longer alive. So, after the year 1610, Fatehpur Sikri left abandoned and history found its ruins.
You can book an Agra Fatehpur Sikri tour package or simply plan your travel alone to Agra. Fatehpur Sikri lies 40 km away from Agra city. For the best experience, plan a visit here between November and March. Happy journey!
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