Fatehpur Sikri

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Fatehpur Sikri is a fascinating ghost city built in the sixteenth century, 37 km from Agra.

This historic site was founded by Akbar the great, who at twenty-six years did not have a heir.

Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri

He went to a saint, Shaikh Salim Chishti who lived in a city called Sikri. His blessing gave Akbar three sons. As a gesture, Akbar built a whole new city in Sikri.

It was built between 1569 and 1585 and was intended to be the joint capital with Agra, but was soon deserted because the water system could not support any residents. It remained untouched for over four hundred years now and its palaces are a remainder of the extravagance of the Mughals.

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