Introducing Fatehpur Sikri
This magnificent fortified ghost city, 40km west of Agra, was the short-lived capital of the Mughal empire between 1571 and 1585, during the reign of Emperor Akbar. Akbar visited Sikri to consult the Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chisti, who predicted the birth of an heir to the Mughal throne. When the prophecy came true, Akbar built his new capital here. Although a brilliant Indo-Islamic masterpiece, the city was erected in an area that suffered from water shortages and was abandoned shortly after Akbar’s death. The well-preserved palace buildings and the still-used mosque are a superb reminder of the Mughals at their architectural peak, and you can wander around other ruins scattered behind the mosque and the mint.
Most people visit this World Heritage site as a day trip from Agra, but you can stay in the nearby town, and the red sandstone palaces are at their most atmospheric at sunset.
Fatehpur Sikri destination guides
Mountains, Temples and Taj Mahal
Combine the excitement of the "Golden Triangle" with the glittering Golden Temple, magnificent mountain vistas and Dharamsala
Jaipur Literature festival and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Visit one of the most prestigious celebrations of national and international literature to be held in India and stay at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel