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.

How to Reach Fatehpur

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.

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When in Fatehpur Sikri do not miss out on seeing the city highlights like the Buland Darwaza, Diwan-e-Khas, Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chisti, Diwan-I-Aam, palace of Jodha Bai, Pachisi Courtyard, Jama Masjid and the Ornamental Pool. You can club your trip to Agra with Fatehpur Sikri and visit these places all in a day. Do check out the packages shared by Odigos Guides for your visit here
Fatehpur Sikri is a great place to savour traditional Mughlai cuisine, which combines Persian influences, such as nuts and dried fruits, with aromatic North Indian spices. You’ll find richly spiced, creamy curries as a part of any restaurant menus and dishes. When in Fatehpur Sikri, try out local cuisines like the Mutton korma, Biryani, tandoori chicken and more.
The best way to get around in Fatehpur Sikri is by auto-rickshaw because they are plentiful. Also, when you are there make sure to agree on a price before you get in, in most cases friendly haggling is necessary. There is also an option of booking a taxi for getting around the city but they are more expensive compared to an auto-rickshaw.