Photograph Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri is overshadowed by the nearby Agra fort and the most famous Taj Mahal. Which is too bad because it is one of the great attractions in India in its own right. Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years and was built during the second half of the 16th century by Emperor Akbar. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid.
To Photograph Fatehpur Sikri you have to drive 40 kilometers from the city of Agra. This fortified ancient complex is both a palace and an imperial city. It is located on a high plateau, it gives a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside as well as cooler temperatures. The complex is built with a 6-kilometer on all three sides. Then the fourth side is bordered by a lake.
According to Indian historians, Emperor Akbar invested a lot to build Fatehpur Sikri to what it has been known for its heritage. In fact, he had envisioned reviving the splendor of Persian principles in architecture. So he incorporated the Persian influences with Indian embellishments. For example, the use of red stone due to the easy accessibility to this material within the neighboring areas.
What Photograph in Fatehpur
Every time you will going to photograph a new location you need to prepare well. So below is a list of the most important buildings and structures to Photograph Fatehpur Sikri.
Buland Darwaza, at the entrance to Jama Masjid (mosque), is claimed to be the tallest gateway in the world. Behind this extraordinary carved gate is the white marble tomb of Sufi saint Salim Chishti.
The residence of Akbar’s principal wife, Jodha Bai, is the most elaborate structure to Photograph in the complex. The Diwan-e-Khas (Hall of Private Audiences) features a single pillar (the Lotus Throne pillar) that’s believed to have supported Akbar’s throne. Other notable buildings to capture include the five-storied Panch Mahal (the recreation quarters of the royal women), Daulat Khana-I-Khas (Akbar’s private chambers), the Ankh Micholi Treasury, and an ornamental pond.
This central mosque in Fatehpur Sikri was built by the emperor Akbar with carved red sandstone. It is very interesting to photograph the rectangular lines that define it. Furthermore, the details inside the mosque are not to be overlooked. In fact it is interesting to highlight the decorations with Mirhabs carved in stone.
Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti
The tomb is a building absolutely to photograph inside the Fatehpur Sikri complex. In fact, this tomb is built in white marble and is one of the best examples of artistic stone sculpture in the medieval period in India. It also provides a fusion of two great architectural style, Mughal and Hindu.
Visit to Photograph Fatehpur
Fatehpur Sikri is a popular day trip from Agra. So, expect to pay around 1,800 rupees upwards for a taxi based on vehicle size. Alternatively, you can travel by bus for about 50 rupees return. Also, if you are in a tour, the town is on the way to Jaipur.
The best time to visit Fatehpur Sikri is during the cooler dry weather from November to March. It’s open from sunrise until sunset. Aim to go early in the morning when it’s less crowded and quieter.
Fatehpur Sikri is made up of two different parts — the mosque and palace complex — surrounded by a fortification wall. Visitors require a ticket for the palace complex but not the mosque. The cost is 610 rupees for foreigners and 50 rupees for Indians.