Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri the Mughal Capital

Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1571 and was the Mughal capital for 14 years, when it was abandoned due to lack of water. Today it is an islamic mosque, you have to remove your shoes at the entrance gate and a guide will show you around for 650 Rupees.


Here is what our guide had to say about Fatehpur Sikri! Double click on the line to hear the audio clip 54 secs long.

In the centre of Fatehpur Sikri is the sacred complex where Salim Chisti's tomb is located. You will be encouraged to make a donation of money for a length of cloth and tie a thread to the screen around the tomb to make a wish, which - we were told 'always' comes true.



We felt distinctly uncomfortable here, being continually jostled by people who wanted us to purchase their wares and being encourage to take part in a ritual that we were unfamiliar with.


Fatehpur Sikri is not a place we would recommend visiting.