Fatehpur Sikri – Place to visit in Agra
Fatehpur Sikri is situated west of Agra and is an important landmark and place to visit in Agra. It is a small village named sikri, dwelt by some stones cutters and was under the Rajputs chiefs until 14th century. It was famous for the dwelling place of a sufi saint ‘sheikh saleem chisti’, who was famous for his spiritual deeds. Later, Akbar declared it as the capital and called it as ‘fatehabad’ and by and by it became ‘fatehpur’ the town of victory.
This city was founded in 1569 A.D. by Akbar and later on some magnificent palaces, court yards and great battle mended high walls were constructed. But, unfortunately, this new capital which reached the zenith of its glory, was soon deserted due to lack of drinking water within 50 years of its construction.
This deserted Mughal capital was enclosed by 50 feet high battle walls built of red sand stone with an artificial lake. The length of the wall is about 9 km. Most of the palaces and buildings of Fatehpur Sikri are made of red sand stone and are of a Hindu style of architecture. This is an interesting place full of old palaces and buildings with faded glory of its past. If you’re in the area, Fatehpur Sikri is a place to visit in Agra.