Episode 14 – Exploring India with Faizal Sayed

The group visit two key areas, The Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikhri

The Agra Fort is a great Monument Of Red Sandstone dominating a bend in the river Yamuna, 2km Northwest of the Taj Mahal and was constructed by the Mughals during 1565-1571. It was Emperor Akbar who laid the foundation of this majestic Citadel In 1565. the Fort was ready By 1571, a Period of Shahjahan’s, Akbar’s Grandson.

Fatehpur Sikri is a city in the Agra District of Uttar Pradesh, India. The city was founded in 1569 by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, and served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585, when it was abandoned. After his military victories over Chittor and Ranthambore, Akbar decided to shift his capital from Agra to a new location 23 miles (37 km) west south-west , to honour the Sufi saint Salim Chishti. Here, he commenced the construction of a planned walled city, which took the next fifteen years in planning and construction, with a series of royal palaces, harem, courts, a mosque, private quarters and other utility buildings. He named the city Fatehabad, with Fateh, a word of Arabic origin in Persian, meaning “victorious.” It was later called Fatehpur Sikri. It is at Fatehpur Sikri that the legends of Akbar and his famed courtiers, the nine jewels or Navaratnas, were born. Fatehpur Sikri is one of the best preserved examples of Mughal architecture in India. Here the group visit the shrine of Sufi Salim Chisti (R.A) and look into his history and relation to the area.

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