Let's walk through it
To the right, at the corner, is the Jammat Khana Hall and next ot this is the tomb of the royal ladies. To the left of the Jami Masjid is the Stone Cutters' mosque, the oldest place of worship at Fateh Pur Sikri.
It is entered through the eastern entrance known as the Buland Darwaza.
To the west is a pavilion with the Emperor's throne. Beautiful jali screen on either sides separated the ladies attending the court.
To the right is an apparently looking two storeyed building, with corner kiosks, known as diwan-khana-I-khaas or Hall Of Private Audience. On entering it, one finds only a single vaulted chamb er. In the centre stands a profusely carved column supporting a collosal-bracketed capital. Four narrow causeways project from the centre and run to each corner of the chamber. It is believed that Akbar's throne occupied the circular space over the capital and the corners were assigned to the four ministers.
Turkish Sultana's House
To the left of the Pachisi Board is the Turkish Sultana's house. The house, as its location at the corner of Anup Talao shows, was a pavilion for repose, attached to the pool. The geometrical pattern on the ceiling is reminiscent of Central Asian carvings in wood.
To the left of the Diwan-I-Khaas is the Treasury or Ankh Michauli, once believed to have been used for playing the game, comprising three rooms each protected by a narrow corridor which were manned by guards.
Located in the corner to the left is the emperor's private chamber. It has two main rooms on the ground floor. One housed Akbar's library while the larger room was his resting area. On the first floor is the Khwabgah or the bed-chamber.
It was connected with the Turkish Sultana's house, the Panch Mahal, Mariam's House and the Jodha Bai's palace by corridors. Hmm, Amit is jealous beacause Akbar had so many wives!!
Palace of Jodha Bai http://www.world-heritage-tour.org/asia/south-asia/india/agra/fatehpur-sikri/jodh-bai-s-palace/sphere-flash.html
To the left of the Sunehra Makan is the largest and the most important building in the royal palace, named after Akbar's Rajput wife, Jodha Bai. This spacious palace was assured of privacy and security by high walls and a 9 metre guarded gate to the east. The architecture is a blend of styles with Hindu columns and Muslim cupolas.
Hawa Mahal And Nagina Masjid
To the right of Jodha Bai's palace is Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds. This small-screened wind tower faces the garden and is attached to the palace. The garden is laid out in the Char Bagh style with straight walls intersecting at right angles and divided by shallow channels.
Raja Birbal's Palace
To the north west of the Jodha Bai's Palace is the 2 storeyed palace occupied by Akbar's two senior queens- Ruqnayya Begum and Salima Sultan Begum. It has two storeys-four rooms and two porches with pyramidical roofs below and two rooms with cupolas and screened terraces above. The building combines Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture.
Opposite to the Diwan-I-Khas is the palace of Akbar's Rajput wife, Mariam-Uz-Zamani. This two-storeyed building is richly adorned by gold murals in Persian style. The beams have inscriptions of verses by Akbar's brother, Faizi.
To the right of Sunehra Makan is the elegant, airy 5 storeyed pavilion, the Panch Mahal.
Each floor over here is smaller than the one below and it rises to a single domed kiosk on top supported by four columns providing a magnificent view of the city and its environs.
Tomb of Salim Chisti
This Dargah was built in 1570.
Devotees ask for the blessings of the saint and seek fulfillment of their wishes. It is believed that tying a black thread on the marble screens of the main tomb building, with the promise of loosening the thread when the wish is fulfilled, serves as a constant reminder to the saint of their wishes.
Fatehpur Sikri was abandoned in 1585 and the capital moved to Lahore.
The reasons for this remain obscure; it is possible that water sources dried up or that Akbar needed to be closer to invading Persian and Afghan armies.
Walking amongst these ruins takes one back to the height of the Mughal Dynasty.......and food....
- Chicken Makhni
- Mughlai Chicken
- Mughai paratha
- Biryani Badshahi
- Keema Matar
- Meat Durbari
- Mughlai Chicken Pulao
- Murg Kababs Mughlai
- Murg Noorjehani
- Murg Kali Mirch
- Malai Kofta
- Navratan korma
- Shahi Mutton Korma
- Shami Kabab
- Seekh kabab
- Boti kabab
- Shahjehani Murg Masala
- Shahi Chicken Korma
- Shahi Kaju Aloo
- Shahi Rogan Josh
- Shahi Tukra is a rich bread pudding with dry fruits, flavored with cardamom.
- Sheer korma