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FATEHPUR SIKRI THE WORLD HERITAGE CITY IN INDIA

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Make the journey from Agra to Jaipur, visiting India’s jewels along the way. Just 40kms (approx. 45 minutes drive) west of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri a World Heritage-listed city founded by 16th century Mughal Emperor Akbar – The unique heritage walk and one of the prime destinations for the excellence of Indo-Islamic Architecture designated UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986

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This magnificent fortified ancient city was the short-lived capital of the Mughal Empire between 1572 and 1585, during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Earlier, Akbar had visited the village of Sikri to consult the Sufi saint Hazrat Shaikh Salim Chishti, who predicted the birth of an heir to the Mughal throne. When the prophecy came true, Akbar built his new capital here, including a stunning mosque,  and three palaces, one for each of his favourite wives. Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India. Akbar began the construction of a religious compound in honor of the Hazrat Sheikh Salim Chishti, who had predicted the birth of Jahangir. After Jahangir’s second birthday, he began the construction of a walled city and imperial palace

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Sits on rocky ridge, 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) in length and 1 km (0.62 mi) wide and palace city is surrounded by a 6 km (3.7 mi) wall on three sides with the fourth bordered by a lake. The city is generally organized around this 40 m high ridge, and falls roughly into the shape of a rhombus. The general layout of the ground structures, especially the “continuous and compact pattern of gardens and services and facilities” that characterized the city leads urban archaeologists to conclude that Fatehpur Sikri was built primarily to afford leisure and luxury to its famous residents. The dynastic architecture was modelled on Timurid forms and styles. The town was built massively and preferably with red sandstone and city’s architecture reflects domestic architecture popular in India at the time

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Jama Mosque the excellence of Indo-Islamic Architecture was perhaps one of the first buildings to be constructed in the complex, as its epigraph gives A.D. 1571-72 as the date of its completion. It was built in the manner of Indian mosques, with iwans around a central courtyard. A distinguishing feature is the row of chhatri over the sanctuary. There are three mihrabs in each of the seven bays, while the large central mihrab is covered by a dome, it is decorated with white marble inlay, in geometric patterns

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A unique white marble encased tomb of the Sufi saint, Hazrat Sheikh Salim Chishti (1478–1572), within the Jama Masjid’s courtyard. The single-storey structure is built around a central square chamber, within which is the grave of the saint, under an ornate wooden canopy encrusted with mother-of-pearl mosaic. Surrounding it is a covered passageway for circumambulation, with carved Jalis, stone pierced screens all around with intricate geometric design and an entrance to the south. Other striking features of the tomb are white marble serpentine brackets, which support sloping eaves around the parapet. On the left of the tomb, to the east, stands a red sandstone tomb of Hazrat Islam Khan I, son of Hazrat Shaikh Badruddin Chisti and grandson of Hazrat Shaikh Salim Chishti, who became a general in the Mughal army in the reign of Jahangir. The tomb is topped by a dome and thirty-six small domed chattris and contains a number of graves, some unnamed, all male descendants of Hazrat Shaikh Salim Chisti

 

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The unique Buland Darwaza (High Door) at Fatehpur Sikri is 55 metres (180 ft) high, from the ground, gradually making a transition to a human scale in the inside. The gate was added around five years after the completion of the mosque 1576-1577 as a victory arch, it carries two inscriptions in the archway, one of which reads: “Isa, Son of Mariam said: The world is a bridge, pass over it, but build no houses on it. He who hopes for an hour may hope for eternity. The world endures but an hour. Spend it in prayer, for the rest is unseen”. The central portico comprises three arched entrances, with the largest one, in the centre, is known locally as the Horseshoe Gate, after the custom of nailing horseshoes to its large wooden doors for luck. Outside the giant steps of the Buland Darwaza to the left is a unique deep well

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A great monument five-storied palatial structure, with the tiers gradually diminishing in size, till the final one, which is a single large-domed chhatri, it is known as “Panch Mahal”. Originally pierced stone screens faced the facade and probably sub-divided the interior as well, suggesting it was built for the ladies of the court. The floors are supported by intricately carved columns on each level, totaling to 176 columns in all

Diwan-i-Aam or Hall of Public Audience, a building typology found in many cities where the ruler meets the general public. In this case, it is a pavilion-like multi-bayed rectangular structure fronting a large open space. Diwan-i-Khas or Hall of Private Audience, is a plain square building with four chhatris on the roof. However it is famous for its central pillar, which has a square base and an octagonal shaft, both carved with bands of geometric and floral designs, further its thirty-six serpentine brackets support a circular platform for Akbar, which is connected to each corner of the building on the first floor, by four stone walkways. It is here that Akbar had representatives of different religions discuss their faiths and gave private audience

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AGRA THE HERITAGE CITY

Agra is primarily witness of Mughal architectural excellence and their love for structural designs. Millions of tourists visit Agra from all across the globe every year, no trip to India can be considered as complete without visiting this heritage city of India 

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The Heritage City Agra situated on the banks of holy river Yamuna.  One of prominent tourist destinations in the World. Millions of tourists visit Agra from all across the globe every year to see the beauty of majestic Taj Mahal and other historical monument lying everywhere in the city. Agra is primarily witness of Mughal architectural excellence and their love for structural designs. No trip to India can be considered as complete without visiting this place, Agra a home to many World Heritage sites listed by UNESCO and this unique city boast of several historical monuments

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The history of this historic city has monuments that hold memories dating back to centuries ago. Numerous rulers contributed to the rich past of this city. Modern Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi in the 16th century

The history of this beautiful city has monuments that hold memories dating back to centuries ago. In fact this city is as old as time can be. It dates back to the amazing mythical tales of Mahabharata. Sultan Sikander Lodi is the main founder of modern Agra. This beautiful city was founded way back in in the 16th century. It was re –designed when the Mughal Rule took over the city

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The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. It was known then as Akbarabād and remained the capital of the Mughal Empire under the Emperors Akbar, Jahāngīr and Shāh Jahān

The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. It was known then as Akbarabād and remained the capital of the Mughal Empire under the Emperors Akbar, Jahāngīr and Shāh Jahān. The Mughal love of architecture translated into beautiful monuments such as Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri and Sikandra. Akbar made it the center of art, culture, commerce and learning and Shah Jahan saw it in full bloom. Most of the buildings belong to the period between mid-16th century and 17th century and were of high quality. These monuments were built in the contemporary Mughal style. Mughlai cuisine and the skilled craftsmen can still be seen in the narrow lanes of the city as a reminiscent of the lost times

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Agra a home to many World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO, this place boast of several historical monuments

World Heritage Site Agra Red Fort Sprawling over an area of 380,000 sq m, the fortress is situated on the right bank of River Yamuna, re- built by Mughal Emperor Akbar, after he defeated the Afghans at Panipat in 1556. Originally, this fort was held by the King Sikarwar and subsequently by Ibrahim Lodi, Babur, Humayun and Sher Shah. The fort was in bad shape when Akbar rebuilt it using red sandstone, The renovation of this unique red monument completed in 1573, after eight years of hard work of 1,444,000 labours. The fort is often referred to as walled city, as seventy feet high walls surround it on all sides

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World Heritage Site Fatehpur Sikri (The City of Victory) Exceptional testimony to the Mughal civilization at the end of the 16th century. It offers a unique example of architectural ensembles of very high quality constructed between 1571 and 1585. Its form and layout strongly influenced the evolution of Indian town planning, Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, is the typical Mughal walled city, with well-defined private and public areas and imposing gateways. The architecture is a blend of Hindu and Islamic and reflects the political and philosophical vision of the Mughal emperors

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Sikandra Mausoleum (Mughal Emperor Akbar’s Tomb) situated on the out skirts of the city, who, during his lifetime itself had completed the tomb and laid out a beautiful garden. However, the topmost portion of mausoleum in marble was constructed by his son, Mughal Emperor Jahangir; the shape of tomb is pyramidal and consists of five storeys. The cenotaph is at a level below the ground level. The entire tomb is constructed of red sandstone but for the top storey which is constructed in white marble

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Taj Mahal designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Indo-Islamic architecture in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. Described by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore as “the tear-drop on the cheek of time”, it is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India’s rich history. It was declared a winner of the New 7 Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative. The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1631, to be built in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. The imperial courts documenting Shah Jahan’s grief after the death of Mumtaz Mahal illustrate the love story held as the inspiration for Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees, which in current times would be approximately 52.8 billion Indian rupees (US $ 827 million). The construction project employed some 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects led by the court architect to the emperor, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri 

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