Photo Tour of Fatehpur Sikri

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Fatehpur Sikri, a historic city near Agra

Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a historical city constructed by Mughal emperor Akbar beginning in 1570 and served as the empire’s capital from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned due to water shortages.

We took a State Transport bus from Idgah (Agra). It was a pleasant 1 hr ride through the country side.

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Bazaar leading to Buland Darwaza

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Bazaar leading to Buland Darwaza

Buland Darwaza or the Gate of Magnificence is one of the gateways to the Jama Masjid, a stupendous piece of architecture from the outside.

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Buland Darwaza

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View of Buland Darwaza from the plaza

Jama Masjid or the Grand Mosque built with liwans (aisles) around a central courtyard. A distinguishing feature is the row of chhatris (small domed pavilions).

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Inside Jama Masjid

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Jama Masjid

Influences from Hindu and Jain architecture are seen hand in hand with Islamic elements.

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Lotus flowers, typical of Hindu architecture

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Lord Curzon’s Lamp (unfortunately in a real bad state)

Sheikh Salim Chisti’s Tomb

During the 1560s Akbar rebuilt the Agra Fort and established it as his capital. With his wife Mariam-uz-Zamani he had a son and then twins, but the twins died. He then consulted the Sufi Saint Sheikh Salim Chishti from the Chishti Order who lived as a recluse in the small town Sikri near Agra. Salim Chisti predicted that Akbar would have another son, and indeed one was born in 1569 in Sikri. He was named Salim to honor the saint and would later rule the empire as Emperor Jahangir. The following year, Akbar decided to build a palace and royal city in Sikri, to honor his pir Sheikh Salim Chishti.The tomb of Salim Chishti, “Salim Chisti Ka Mazar” was built there within the grounds of the Jama Masjid.

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View of Sheikh Salim Chisti’s Tomb from Jama Masjid

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View of Salim Chisti from Shahi Darwaza

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Tombs belong to Sheikh Salim Chisti’s family

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Inside Sheikh Salim Chisti’s Tomb

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Inside Sheikh Salim Chisti’s Tomb

The tomb chamber has a semi-circular domed ceiling and exquisite marble latticed walls. The four-pillared chhaparkhat or pavilion made of ebony inlaid with mother-of-pearl shelters the tomb.

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Chhaparkhat

On the latticed walls, pilgrims tie cotton strings in the belief that these are their wishes and the saints will help getting them answered.

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Lattice walls inside Salim Chisti’s tomb

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Strings attached to the latticed walls

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In front of the latticed walls

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In front of the latticed walls

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Tomb of Islam Khan

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Plaza

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