Fatehpur Sikri “City of Victory” is a fascinating ghost city built in the 16th century by Akbar the great, 37 km from Agra on one of the low hills of the Vindhya mountain range. The city was built between 1569 and 1585 AD and was intended to be the joint capital with Agra however it proved to be unliveable due to the fact that the water system could not support the populous and its proximity to the Rajputana areas in the North-West, which were increasingly in turmoil.
The walled city houses a series of royal palaces, harems, courts, a mosque, private quarters, other utility buildings and the mausoleum of the Sufi fakir, Saleem Chisti who is said to have granted Akbar and his Hindu queen Jodhabai their wish for a son, it now stands as a spectacular reminder of the extravagance of the Mughal empire and due to the excellent preservation work by the Archaeological Survey of India, it is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in India.
Expertly guided informative tours are easily arranged allowing you fully experience this fascinating walled city and its history.
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