Travel guide to Fatehpur Sikri,Agra
Fatehpur Sikri is a small town in west of Agra,Founded by Mughal Emperor in 16th century.
Fatehpur Sikri, constructed out of red sandstone, is made up of two different parts surrounded by a fortification wall.
Fatehpur is a religious place, with Jama Masjid (mosque) and the tomb of Sufi saint Salim Chishti located behind the towering Buland Darwaza (Gate of Magnificence). It’s free to enter
Sikri, the main attraction, has the unorthodox palace complex where Emperor Akbar, his three wives, and son lived. A ticket is required to enter it.(Rs 50 for Indians on weekdays ,Rs 610 For Foreigners).Free For Children below 15 yrs.
The palace complex has two entry gates, Diwan-e-Am and Jodha Bhai, where tickets can be purchased. Diwan-e-Am is the main gate, and there’s also a free Archaeological Museum near it that’s open daily from 9.00 am to 5.00 p.m. except for Friday.
How to Reach-When coming from Agra or Jaipur, you’ll most likely enter Fatehpur Sikri through Agra Gate (although there is a lesser-used rear gate). Vehicles are required to park in the car park near the entrance. It’s situated in between Fatehpur and Sikri but quite a distance away from the sites. The parking fee is 100 rupees. A government shuttle bus, costing 10 rupees per person, transports visitors to the Sikri palace complex. The buses run in two different directions, to the Diwan-e-Am and Jodha Bhai entry gates.
Guides–The fake guides are most active around the road leading to Buland Darwaza and Jama Masjid. They will start from 300 rs and would easily come down to Rs 50.
Note–No eatables are allowed inside except water bottles
You’ll need to take your shoes off to enter Buland Darwaza . Unfortunately, the area is dirty and not well maintained. Book guide for inside for Rs 20. Watch out for the people who will approach you an insist that you buy a piece of cloth for Rs 100-500 & flowers for rs 20 which are said to bring good luck, to put over the tomb when you visit. However, the cloth will be taken away and resold to the next tourist soon after you’ve laid it.
So, friends these are few travel tips if you are planning visit to Fatehpur Sikri.