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The architectural gems of this 400-year-old imperial city are fabulously well-preserved.
attractions in Fatehpur
This mosque's outdoor prayer area can accommodate 10,000 worshippers.
A 54-meter (177-foot) high red sandstone gate inlaid with marble leads into the mosque.
The upper floors of this five-story royal pavilion are open sided to let in cooling breezes.
Akbar met visiting rulers and dignitaries here.
Salim Christi Tomb
Interred is the Sufi saint who prophesized the long-wished-for birth of Akbar's first son.
tips & insights
When to come
If possible, come during the spring, fall, or winter. Summer days can be scorchingly hot - and it's the monsoon period in this part of India.
The building complex is best enjoyed when it's not overrun with visitors. Try to be here during the first or last hour of the day.
History in brief
The great Mughal emperor Akbar built his new capital from the ground up. After only 14 years of use (1571-1585), he moved his capital to nearby Agra. Why? One theory blames a water shortage due to a prolonged drought.
Soon, the royal Fatehpur Sikri complex became a ghost city - and continues to be one today.
Easy day trip
Because Fatehpur Sikri is just one hour from Agra and several from Delhi, many visitors come as day trippers.
Location in India
Fatehpur is on the famous
Golden Triangle tour route