Built in the 16th century, Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mogul Empire under the reign of Emperor Akbar. However, the city was abandoned within 20 years, reasons for which continue to remain a mystery even today. Many attribute the abandonment to water shortages.
Exploring Fatehpur Sikri
Roughly translated as the City of Victory, this city is a popular stop over en route Agra and is home to gorgeous palaces and courtyards. If you wish to spend a night here, you will be able to find plenty of decent accommodation options.
It is also home to the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Today, Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a significant place of worship for believers. This Indo-Islamic masterpiece is surrounded by a bustling marketplace and is home to the red sand-stone palace that is best witnessed during sunset.