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Fatehpur Sikri: ghost town


A temporary capital during the reign of King Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri and its vestiges are an important part of the history of the Mughal Empire.

According to legend, in 1568, King Akbar, who seemed doomed not to have any offspring, went to consult with a Sufi saint in the town of Sikri. A few years later, three heirs were born to him.

Out of gratitude to this holy man, the king built the city of Fatehpur Sikri, literally ‘city of victory'. For nearly 10 years, Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire, but it was abandoned by its creator for lack of an adequate water supply. This village, which was inhabited for four centuries, has numerous architectural splendours. Behind the door of Agra, you will visit several tombs that are sumptuous palaces, like that of Jodha Bai, wife of Akbar and daughter of the Maharaja of Jodhpur, or that of Panch Mahal, all of carved wood with a triangular silhouette. North of the plaza, you will cross the hall where private hearings take place, the Diwan-i-Khas, whose centre is marked by a majestic column. And, nearby is the Great Mosque or Jama Masjid, known for its sublime door and openwork screens.

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