Uttar Pradesh | India
Sikri was the first planned city of the Mughals. It is a red sandstone city that was once the extravagant capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century, built by King Akhbar to honour the revered Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chishti, who lived in Sikri village. It was abandoned not long after it was established due to the scarcity of water but it still remains as one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture in India.
Fatehpur Sikri is approximately 40 km from Agra and the ideal way to visit this place is by car. You can either drive down or hire a taxi service in Agra or even club it with your visit to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. If you are planning to travel by air, the Kheria Airport or the Agra Airport is about 33 kms from Fatehpur Sikri and is the closest airport. If travelling by rail from New Delhi, you could take the Gatimaan Express or the Shatabdi Express to arrive into Agra Cantt station, which has fantastic rail connectivity to the other parts of the country. Bus services from Idgah bus station in Agra can take you to Fatehpur Sikri in about an hour and a half.