Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
royal city perfectly preserved, Fatehpur Sikri provides a marvellous escape
into the past. Akbar embarked on the construction of a new capital here when
a prophecy of the birth of a male royal heir, by the Sufi Saint Salim Chisti
of Sikri, came true.
Imposing gateways and light- hearted palaces were built in red sandstone within
this fortified city only to be abandoned a few years later.
Among its many architectural game are the places for his queens - Jodha Bai,
Mariyam and his Turkish sultana, built in varying styles, each perfect in itself.
The Diwan-e-Khas entirely unique in its concept is a tall vaulted room with
an intricately carved central pillar and capital supporting a platform that
once held the emperor's throne.
galleries link this to the corners of the room where it is believed his ministers
sat The airy Panch Mahal a 5 storied structure rising in pyramidal fashion was
probably used by the ladies of the court.
Set like a jewel in a courtyard of pink sandstone is the finest building here,
the marble tomb of Salim Chisti enclosed by finely carved, lacy marble screens.
The Buland Darwaza, an imposing gateway 54 m high was built to commemorate Akbar's
Aligarh the famous university town is a center of Islamic studies. The city
is also noted for its handicrafts and metal wares.