World Heritage Sites – Fatehpur Sikri
Sikri an extension of the upper Vindhyan ranges is situated on the bank of a large natural lake, which has now mostly dried up. It is a pre-historic site and, with abundant water, forest and raw material, it was ideal for primitive man’s habitation.
Akbar (1556-1605), grandson of Babur, shifted his residence and court from Agra to Sikri, for a period of 13 years, from 1572 to 1585 to honour the Sufi Saint Sheikh Salim Chishti, who resided here (in a cavern on the ridge). Akbar revered him very much as the Saint had blessed him with a son who was named Salim in 1569. He raised lofty buildings for his use, and houses for the public. Thus grew, a great city with charming palaces and institutions. Akbar gave it the name of Fathabad and which in later days came to be known as “Fathpur Sikri”.
The architecture of Fatehpur Sikri has a definite all-India character. It is prolific and versatile Indo-Muslim composite style, which is a fussion of the composite cultures of indigenous and foreign origins.
Free entry: Children below 15 years
Indian Visitor and citizen of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries:
Total Rs.40.00 (Rs.30.00 by ASI as Entry fee and Rs.10.00 by ADA as Toll tax).
Other Foreign Visitor
Total Rs.510 (Rs.500/- by ASI as Entry fee and Rs.10/- by ADA as Toll tax).
(Note: Foreign Visitors who purchase Agra Development Authority (ADA)’s Pathkar (Toll tax) ticket of Rs.500/- forTajMahal, need not to purchase any other Pathkar (toll tax) ticket, if he/she visits the monuments viz. TajMahal, Agra Fort, FatehpurSikri, Akbar’s Tomb, Itimad-ud-Daulah’s tomb on the same day) .
On Friday ADA does not levy any Toll Tax in monuments.
LICENCED GUIDE & AUDIO GUIDE FACILITY:
Licenced Guides are available.
Audio Guides Facility in Enghlish and Hindi also available at FatehpurSikri. Please contact near Ticket Booking counters.
There is an Archaeological site Museum near Diwan-I-Am booking counter. It is opened from 9.00 AM to 5.00 P.M.
Entrance fee: Free entry for all visitors