Thursday, May 26, 2011

How to reach Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri was founded by Akbar, who did not have heir at 26. Regarding this, he visited a saint, Shaikh Salim Chishti who lived in a city called Sikri. His blessing gave Akbar 3 sons. As a gesture, Akbar built a whole new city in Sikri - city dominated by Red Sandstone buildings - the Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri was built during late 16th century by the Emperor Akbar. Fatehpur Sikri or the City of Victory was the capital of the Mughal Empire for period of 10 years. The complex houses excellent monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style - an amalgamation of Hindu and Central Asian Architecture. The complex also includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid. Fatehpur Sikri is the best example of the pinnacle of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The Mosque at Fatehpur Sikri is said to be the replica of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from the Persian & Hindu architecture. Though the city is in ruins, it is a place to see during one's visit to Agra. But in real terms Fatehpur Sikri is a place where one should spend some time. The sunset over the ruins is a glorious site. Fatehpur Sikri is now a World Heritage site. The finest monuments within this area are the Diwan - i - Am, Diwan - i - Khas, Panch Mahal, Jama Masjid, Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza and the tomb of Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti are among the finest specimens of Mughal architecture.
How to reach by Air: Fatehpur Sikri is about 37 kilometers from the city of Agra. Taxis and buses are available that travel to Fatehpur Sikri.Agra airport is 7 km from the city center and 3 km from Idgah bus stand. Major Indian airlines operate daily tourist shuttle flights to Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi and back. It only takes 40 minutes from Delhi to Agra.
How to reach by Rail: Agra is well connected by railroad. The main railway station is the Agra Cantonment station. Agra is well connected by rail to Delhi, Varanasi and cities of Rajasthan. Trains like Palace on Wheel, Shatabdi, Rajdhani, and Taj Express are the best choices if you want to reach Agra from Delhi in luxury.
How to reach by Road: Idgah bus stand is the main bus stand of Agra, from where one can catch buses for Delhi, Jaipur, Mathura, Fatehpur-Sikri, etc. Buses for Mathura also leave from Agra Fort bus stand.

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