A Day trip to Fatehpur Sikri from Delhi

A group of four friends who were initially planning to go to Bhangarh and later changed their plan to go to sariska finally ended up going to Fatehpur Sikri .I wonder how great is our planning department because what we plan initially would never ever been converted into reality.Finally we all four of us embarked our journey to Fatehpur Sikri in Maruti Ritz(“Live the moment”).

A city that was once the proud capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century, Fatehpur Sikri now stands deserted as a well preserved ghost town. It was abandoned by its occupants after only 15 years due to insufficient water supply.

Fatehpur Sikri was established by Emperor Akbar from the twin villages of Fatehpur and Sikri as tribute to famous Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chishti. The saint accurately predicted the birth of Emperor Akbar’s much longed for son.

On the way

Fatehpur Sikri is located 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Agra, in Uttar Pradesh. So we took National Highway-2 to Agra and later slip road before Agra to reach Fateehpur Sikri. Had a quick break at gulshan dhaba near Kosi Kalan, The Dhaba was good except the food was 2 days old.The weather was awesome as it was month of October chilly breeze was blowing in the morning.

Food Break

Moving on we finally reached our destination Fatehpur Sikri, A guide is necessary as he will help you in clicking pictures.Our guide was like a professional photographer.He took great Pictures synchronizing both the architecture of the location and us, He also told us the bright history of mughal empire and how Fatehpur Sikri was of a paramount importance at that point of time. However if you are coming by car you have to park your car half a kilometer before the fort complex.

Buland Darwaaza

Ramparts of the great fort

There are 4 things to see in Fatehpur Sikri fort complex  Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri Fort, Tomb of Salim Chishti, and the Panch Mahal.All these places are architectural marvels of that time.The paintings on the main fort structure are exceptional.Many movies like Pardes, mere brother ki dulhan etc were shot here.

The Dargah of salim chisti was the best thing after Buland Darwaza which is the highest in the world The magnificent size of the buland darwaza was eye catching ..there are about 100-150 stairs then the gigantic structure called Buland Darwaza. Akbar later built the fort here and Jahangir did the marble art on Salim Chisti Dargah .In salim chisti dargah one can pray and can tie a knot to make a wish.As Akbar also wished for a child here and his wish got fulfilled.Even today people make wishes here.

The Gang


The great fort

Would like to mention entire structure is “hollow”.There is an artificial air conditioning system inside the fort that was built in mughal era.Also there is an artificial tunnel which connect Fatehpur sikri to Agra as well as to Delhi.The tunnel was used in war times,unfortunately it is close now as part of the tunnel had collapsed.

our guide told us about the past  of this place that The battle of Khanua (16 March 1527) was the second of Babur’s three great victories in northern India that helped to establish the Mogul Empire. Having defeated the force of Ibrahim Lodi, Sultan of Delhi, at Panipat, Babur was faced with two main groups of opponents – the Afghan supporters of the Lodi sultans, many of whom refused to accept his authority, and the Rajputs, led by Rana Sanga of Mewar .The city was named Fatehpur Sikri after the victory of the empror Babur over Rana Sanga over the city.

There is a battle ground behind the fort structure.Also there is a place in this area where a famous elephant was used to punish the criminals at that time.

The view

Finally we embarked back to Delhi by Taj Expressway it’s an international standard Expressway with international toll rates and it’s boring ride for Indians as there is no traffic jams and no one to overtake. However there are 3 toll plazas which only have minimal facilities. Remember that as of now there is no petrol pumps on the highway.The highway is made up of cement so drivers are cautioned that they not over speed as it could lead to tire bursts.

Back home

In the end I would say that if you have a single day, don’t waste it in malls go check out Fatehpur Sikri with your friends/family as it is much better than Agra and far less chaotic,Remember if you start 6 in the morning then you would be back by 5 pm.And take back the glorious history of the great Mughal Empire.This place is a truly a place of “Fateh”(victory)


Distance From Delhi(one way)-230km

Toll Expressway Rs-320(one way).

Hours from Delhi-Approx 4


  • Hi Nitish,

    seems to be a nice place to roam about. Nice , Short and sweet post. Could have added more pics.

    Keep travelling and posting.

  • Abheeruchi says:

    Hi Nitish,

    Nice post.

    We missed this place when we were in Delhi…Hope to see this in future…

    Keep writing

  • Nirdesh says:

    Hi Nitish,

    Nice, short and crisp post.

    I think I will take your advice and drive down to Fatehpuri Sikri on one of the weekends on the spanking new Yamuna Expressway.


  • Nandan Jha says:

    I totally agree with you Nitish that one has a day to spare then better to drive to this place, which is now possible because of new expressway.

    Interestingly your first story of your drive to Jaipur was also a single day trip. :-)

    Please respond to comment when time permits. Good luck.

  • Nitish says:

    Hi all, thanks for ur lovely comments,indeed fatehpur sikri is the place to.be if one has short time and wants a break from busy schedule,i am sure the architecture will allure you till you leave the place one advice to all please don’t plan for any trip just decide randomly on the day of ur trip and am sure that you will enjoy more :) nandan the poor thing is we always have extra day to.spend but I don.t know why we wrap up the things in a single day….haha

  • Minakhee says:

    Hi Mr. Nitish…..Travel with frds is always special…abandoned n unrestrained fun….India has soo many architectural marvels n’ yes Fatepur is certainly 1 of them with its own set of amazing n unique stories ….enjd reading this post.

  • Nitish Banka says:

    yes minakhee indeed it is the amazing experience for life.

  • Manish says:

    It was an awesome 1 day trip for us, a day break from busy schedule of life… vEry well written Banka… :) We’ll plan many more ahead before we get married… :D

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    Good one !

    I like only two places in Agra , Wah Taj & Fatepur Sikri.

  • I have been there twice. Nice place to get a feel of our proud history, thanks for refreshing the memories.

  • dinkar mishra says:

    Hi, friend your post was overwhelming and it was like a ride back in mughal’s time.But there were few more things that you may have mentioned like the anup talao where legend says that tansen used to play music so magnificiently that it brought rains from the heaven and other structures as well like treasury, the royal bath etc.

  • Pravesh says:

    Hi Nitish,

    I am planning a day trip to Agra & Fatehpur Sikri. Your this post has answered many of of queries.

    Thank you for posting.

    Is it possible to cover Fatehpur Sikri & then Taj & Red fort in 1 day? Specially while travelling though YEW for both sides.

    Thank you.

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