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Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur SikriFor about 12 years, Fatehpur Sikri was the capital city of one the greatest kings of the Mughal dynasty, Akbar. Today Fatehpur Sikri is referred to as the "ghost city" because nobody lives here anymore. This city is the testament of the emperor's experiments with architecture and art. Even to this day Fatehpur Sikri bears the ideals and visions of Akbar. Buland Darwaza is a fine piece of architecture in India. Here you will also have the opportunity to see the largest mosque in India, Jama Masjid.

You can visit this place from sunrise to sunset. For those above 12 years of age, there is an entry fee to be paid. The best time to visit this place is between November and February. There are quite a few things to see in Fatehpur Sikri and you will surely have a wonderful time out there. The 54 m high Buland Darwaza was built to celebrate Akbar's victory in Gujarat and you can see it reflected here in Fatehpur Sikri. There are Koranic inscriptions on the Buland Darwaza. The Palace of Jodha Bai is a wonderful combination of Hindu columns and Muslim cupolas. The walls of Hawa Mahal are made of stone latticework. Even at that time buildings were made with such skill and expertise that Panch Mahal, Akbar's five storey pleasure dome, still amazes onlookers.

Fatehpur Sikri is easily accessible from the city of Delhi. It is only 26 miles to the west of Agra. Agra is about 204 km away from Delhi and it takes no more than 40 mins to reach Agra from Delhi by air. There is also a very good railway communication between the city of Agra and Delhi. It will not take more than a couple of hours by train. If you want to go around Delhi in a car you can easily reach Agra within four hours. The roads are extremely good. If you are in Delhi, make sure that you visit Fatehpur Sikri.

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