A city that has been a testimony to many tales of glory and downfall, Fatehpur Sikri is an insight into the history and heritage of the Mughal empire. From its UNESCO World Heritage Site acclaim to its alluring centuries-old monuments, every nook and corner of has its own history. Fatehpur, which literally means "city of victory", was established to commemorate Akbar’s victorious Gujarat campaign in 1573. The city served as the capital to the empire for 10 years before being abandoned by Mughals in 1610. Fatehpur Sikri is an architect’s paradise, with most of the famous monuments of the city exhibiting the Timurid forms and styles of architecture.
Arriving in the 16th century in India, the three centuries of Mughal rule saw the erection of many monuments in India. However, Agra and its adjoining territory always received special treatment by various kings. Being a strategic centre for the kingdom, Fatehpur Sikri also enjoyed the privilege of being the capital of the Mughal kingdom.
The city was founded by Mughal Emperor Akbar as the capital city in 1571 after the second birthday of his son Jahangir who was born in Sikri village. Being the capital for 10 years, the city was abandoned at the start of the 17th century due to Mughal campaign in Punjab. After the Mughals abandoned it, in the 19th century, the city saw news guests in form of the British. After their arrival, British regime renovated the abandoned city to its former glory. Even 400 years after it was founded, the city still has managed to preserve its vintage charm and royal heritage.
Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India in the year 1986, Fatehpur Sikri with its grand monuments still narrates the tales of its glory days. Being at the centre of many powershifts, Fatehpur Sikri alongside its neighbouring regions have seen the influence of multiple cultures which is still evident in the structures that were erected during those times.
Although there are numerous monuments in the city, terming one better than others would be an injustice to the heritage of the monuments. An exhibition of Mughal architecture, monuments like Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid, Panch Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas and Diwan-e-Aam are some of the famous monuments in the city. From being the capital city to being abandoned to being restored by British and finally to serving as a UNESCO site, the transformation of the city can be best witnessed by visiting them and travelling back in time with these royal heritage sites.
A UNESCO Heritage site, Fatehpur Sikri is famous for its centuries old monuments and forts. Top things to do in Fatehpur Sikri involves heritage walks and photo tours of the city that’ll acquaint you to the treasures of Mughal heritage.
Being a popular tourist hotspot, Fatehpur Sikri ensures that your stay is a comfortable one. Although, the city offers deluxe hotel rooms, if you are searching for luxury accommodations around Fatehpur Sikri you can always to book your accommodation in Agra.