Fatehpur Sikri Tourism

Fatehpur Sikri is a city in Uttar Pradesh developed by the Mughal emperor Akbar, 40 kilometers away from Agra. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. As a Fatehpur Sikri travel guide will tell you, the place is an architectural marvel that takes us back to the 15th century when the Indian architectural style was evolving with all its might like a ducking becoming a beautiful swan. The first mentions of FatehpurSikri can be found in Mahabharta where it is called ‘Saik’. It has been continuously inhabited since prehistoric times and traces of this are found in inscriptions around this famous archaeological site.

Babur visited this site and built a Jal Mahal and a garden surrounding the Lake. He has mentioned ‘Sikri’ as being a beautiful site in his memoirs. Babur’s grandson Akbar was the one who shifted the Mughal capital to Fatehpur Sikri for 13 years. His intention of moving the capital was that he wanted to be closer to Sufi Saint Salim Chisti who lived here. Akbar loved the saint and revered him.

Jama masjid, Buland-Darwaza and the Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti; Khass Mahal, Shahi-Bazar, Mina-Bazar, the Panch-Mahal, Khwabgah, Diwan-i-Khas, Anup-Talao, Chaupar and Diwan-I-Aam are Fatehpur Sikri attractions that were parts of this first Mughal planned city. The city was not only connected by terraces, it also had an excellent drainage system and water supply which showed the thought put behind the town planning by the construction engineers at that time.

Fatehpur Sikri is a classic example of Indian architecture. With Indo-Islamic influences and local impressions, it is a fusion of different sensibilities.  Apart from Architecture, many artisans had settled here during the Mughal period and various arts flourished in the area. 

A fraction of the earlier city has been studied and preserved. The old wall that protected the town still exists of three sides of the monument, although it makes the monuments look incomplete rather than protected. The town now is one of the fifteen blocks in the Agra district and a Loksabha constituency. The population has shifted to a modern settlement nearby and hardly anybody lives in the old area.

Fatehpur Sikri tourism is a jump into the glorious past of India, of prosperity and grandeur. History lovers and archaeology buffs can spend days here without getting bored. Plus, if you add the nearby Bharatpur bird sanctuary to your list, it will complete your exotic experience.

If you decide to visit Delhi or Agra, a trip to Fatehpur sikri is certainly in the cards. The ‘City of Victory’ is not only a treat to your eyes, but just like the old days, you might find beautiful hand woven cloth or traditional handicrafts in the markets nearby.

Essential travel information and Fatehpur Sikri tips for your visit


  • Remain silent in places of Worship.
  • Dress conservatively in the area.
  • Carry sunglasses, scarves and sunscreen lotion during summer visits.
  • Carry a security belt to hold your important documents and money.
  • Communicate with the locals; it helps you gain a deeper perspective. Also try the local cuisine and street food of the city.
  • Respect the local culture and Tradition.
  • Only buy tickets from authorized personnel.
  • Take care of your luggage.


  • Do not fall for the scams of touts or fake priests.
  • Do not litter the area.
  • Beware of the eve teasers are there are many in this area.
  • Do not wear a lot of jewelry while travelling and avoid carrying cash. Carry a debit card instead.
  • Do not travel at night on your own. Do that only if you have a trustworthy person who knows the city with you.
  • Do not encourage Beggary.
  • Know the pollution level of Fatehpur Sikri before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 78.75 (High)
    • Water Pollution 69.83 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 75.81 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 63.28 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 80.83 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 72.22 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 49.14 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Fatehpur Sikri for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Fatehpur Sikri.

    • Burglary and Theft 42.48 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 50.81 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 50.75 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 61.36 (High)
    • Car Stealing 42.48 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 54.98 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 48.73 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 45.45 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 57.06 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 36.23 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 34.09 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 29.55 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 54.98 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Fatehpur Sikri is 87.44 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 49.69 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 54.94 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 84.55 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 67.5 (Very High)
    • Cost of Living Index 23.15 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 74.31 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.15 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 42.87 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Fatehpur Sikri

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.05 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 43.69 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 30.34 USD

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