Every visitor to Agra is advised to also visit Fatehpur Sikri- which could have been its twin city. Fatehpur Sikri is best known for the Buland Darwaza- Considered to be the highest door in Asia at that point of time, it was built by Akbar to commemorate victory over a battle in Rajasthan. There was a time when a daredevil used to jump off the Buland Darwaza into a small pool at the steps….I couldn’t see that on my trip.
This city was once supposed to be the capital of Mughal Empire.But mother nature had some other plans- the city had no water resource & was soon declared the “doomed” city. Its ironical that all visitors to this “doomed city” are now offered holy water from Sailm Chisti’s well.Strange are the ways of nature !
Salim Chisti was the famous Sufi saint whose blessings gave Akbar his son- whom he named after the saint- Prince Salim.
Places to see are the Jodha Bai’s Mahal,Diwan-e-Aam (the lower court), Salim-chisti’s dargah, Jama Masjid.
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