In continuation with my visit to Fatehpur Sikri , here I am exploring the other part of this city known as Fatehpur Fort! This place way beyond beautiful and it has many great looking architectural elements spread all over the fort. If you are a history bluff then you can immediately connect with the various parts of this palace, but if you are not then I would suggest you to hire a guide or rent those audio guides who can walk you thru the fascinating stories behind each of these elements.
Entry fees: Indian Rs 20/- and Foreigners Rs 260/-
Things to see at Fatehpur Sikri/Fort:
Jodhabai Palace: it is located in immediate vicinity of the entrance. This place was built for Akbar’s Rajput wife called “called” and is largest of all other parts of the fort. The interesting fact is, in the same palace you notice two small palaces, and one is summer palace while other is winter palace. They have special arrangements for the windows and air to pass and keep the place cooler or warmer as required. This palace also has one noticeably big temple whose entrance is adorned with beautiful arcades.
Navratan Mahal: This palace was built for the famous 9 jewels of the Akbar’s courtiers. It has 6 rooms below and 3 rooms above. This is the fort where Akbar’s advisor Birbal used to stay. When I was a child, I remember of reading entire saga of the intellectual folk stories of Akbar Birbal. I always admired Birbal for his clever and witty solutions on any problem.
Diwan-i-Khas is a Hall of Private parliament and a famous Dine-I-iIahi area that holds a remarkably beautiful central pillar which has attractive carvings which represent the 5 different religions those were present during Akbar’s time. (Muslims, Hindu, Christianity, Parsi and Jain) This central pillar holds the weight of multiple Brackets exhibiting its strong architecture format and it’s must see attraction of the fort.
Panch Mahal is a five-storied palatial structure, with the tiers gradually diminishing in size, till the final one, which is a single large-domed chhatri. I myself liked this particular palace a lot. It is said that this place was a romantic tea point for Akbar and his wives with the nice breeze flowing thru the palace and thus also known as “Hawa Mahal” (Wind catcher tower).
Hujra-i-Anup Talao is said to be the residence of Akbar’s Muslim wife, although there is dispute about this fact owing to the small size of the room. This point is also known as Sheesh Mahal and has beautiful carvings on the walls. These carvings include date trees, coconut trees, birds, grape fruits and complex intricate Jali work.
The other points of attraction in the fort include Rasoi of Jodha (Kitchen) and the articheture shows the influence of Rajasthani culture, Imam Khana (bathing Place), Ankh me Choli (Hide n seek area), Dining hall and next to is Akbar’s Room famous for huge stone bed known as summer bed. Anup Talao is also famous attraction which has central platform with four bridges leading up to it. This is the place where famous Singer Tansen use to sit and sing.
This fort is big and takes time to see, so be sure you complete your visit before the closing time which is 6.00 pm. You will get the buses/autos outside of the fort which drop you at the parking stand – where you will find many shopkeepers inviting you to peep in their shops and buy some souvenir back at your home. I also could not resist myself from having a look at beautiful marble handicrafts. For me visit to Fatehpur Sikri was a legacy experience and I decided to spend some time strolling around the market…
Have you been to Fatehpur Sikri ever? Please share your thoughts or comments or share your experience with me.