After visiting the Taj Mahal in the morning, we decided to explore Fatehpur Sikri before heading back to Delhi.
Fatehpur Sikri is a city founded by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1569 and served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. It is one of the best preserved collections of Mughal architecture in India.
This planned walled city that took over fifteen years in planning and construction comes complete with a series of royal palaces, harems, a mosque and a white marble tomb right in the centre of the complex to honour the Sufi saint Salim Chisti. It stands out glistening in white as the rest of the city is built from red brick sandstone.
The passageway around the tomb is covered with stone pierced screens with intricate geometric designs. The intricate work is absolutely stunning!
You know what’s even cooler? You cannot see into the tomb through these stone screens if you are standing outside.
But walk in and you can see what’s outside through these marble screens!
How amazing is that? We were absolutely awe struck! Apparently that’s down to the way the artists carve the stone.
The chambers inside the marble tomb are covered in beautiful paintings.
We were amazed by how fresh these paintings still look – they were painted way back in the 16th century after all.
We continued exploring this Imperial complex. It was so peaceful and quiet and I couldn’t help imagine how different it would have been when this palace would have been in use. Fatehpur Sikri was however abandoned in 1585 shortly after its completion due to the paucity of water in the area. Such a shame because it’s such a beautiful city.
Before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye to Fatehpur Sikri and head back to Delhi.
I would highly recommend visiting Fatehpur Sikri if you are travelling through India. It’s not too far away from the Taj Mahal and the stunning Mughal architecture so perfectly preserved is well worth a visit.