Fatehpur Sikri – An Architectural Marvel

Fatehpur Sikri
Steps leading to the Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur Sikri.

I was completely awe struck as I reached Fatehpur Sikri …. a flight of steps which are 42 in number led to the main gate called Buland Darwaza …. Buland in persian means high or great and Darwaza is the gate….. it seemed quite a trek….and so high up in the sky….Somehow got this man coming down the stairs just at the right moment….the subject is enlivening the picture.

Inside Fatehpur Sikri, Agra , India
Jama Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri.

On the day I arrived here it was raining though I did not complain as it gave the much needed respite from the sun….I wonder if the pictures would have been better with the sun……It is the Jami Mosque or the Friday Mosque and was perhaps one of the first buildings to come up in the complex

Pillars of Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
Pillars of Fatehpur Sikri, Agra.

Fatehpur Sikri has several monuments within it and is a mini city by itself….. it is believed that a man named Tuhir Das was Fatehpur Sikri’s architect …. it was constructed using Indian principles…..The building material used in all the buildings at Fatehpur Sikri complex is the locally quarried red sandstone, known as ‘Sikri sandstone’…..it is an amazing work of art….and I felt as if I was walking in Akbar’s kingdom.

Jama Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, India
Tomb of Salim Chisti at Fatehpur Sikri.

A white marble tomb of the Sufi saint Salim Chisti stands at Jama Masjid’sĀ courtyard.The structure is built around a central square chamber, with the grave of the saint and beautiful done up with mosaic…..The huge pillars and beautiful architecture…this place is a photographers delight….I got a few personal favorites for my collection….

Wall outside the Buland Darwaza
Wall outside the Buland Darwaza.

The main entrance to this palatial complex is the Buland Darwaza….The Buland Darwaza Fatehpur Sikri is one of the most imposing constructions of this historical site…..Standing at a height of 43 meters on a pedestal and the total height of 54 feet above ground……..

Jharokha, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, India
Nawab Islam Khan’s Tomb at Fatehpur Sikri.

The buildings of Fatehpur Sikri depict the work of various regional schools of architectural craftsmanship like Gujarat and Bengal….. the indigenous craftsmen from various regions used influences from Hindu and Jain architecture alongside Islamic elements for the construction of the monuments and mosques.

I have another beautiful collection from the Queen’s complex…would post them in my next one…


5 replies to “Fatehpur Sikri – An Architectural Marvel

    1. Hey thank you so much for liking . I am so happy esp. coming from a travel writer n photographer…I saw ur blog n it seems v interesting and some of the east Indian destinations are still on my wishlist. I will be visiting more often to see ur amazing photography and get some info on these places before i visit them.

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