Founded in 1569, the city was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar after his military victories over Chittor and Ranthambore. The city was named “Fatehabad” with the word Fateh meaning victory in Persian. It took about fifteen years for the planning and construction of the city and boasted royal palaces, harem, courts, a mosque, private quarters, utility buildings, marvellous Mughal architecture, stunning galleries with Persian influences and reflects a living example of the rich and vibrant history of the area. The city was entirely built in red sandstone and remained the capital of the Mughal empire for fifteen years before it was mysteriously abandoned. It is speculated that the city was abandoned due to water shortages, however, no concrete proof of this has been found. Today, the well-preserved remains of the city give us a glimpse of how life would have been under the powerful Mughal Empire. One of the best ways to get a complete experience of the long-lost city is to indulge in some of the best Fatehpur tours Sikri, which include architectural marvels like Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Ibadat Khana, Mariam-uz-Zamani's Palace, Naubat Khana, Birbal's House, Panch Mahal and the Hiran Minar. It is said that the legends and tales of the nine gems or Navaratnas in Akbar’s court were originated from Fatehpur Sikri. Visit the forgotten city, that was once the stunning example of the power and prosperity of the Mughal Empire. Get back to search other cities to book tours online.