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Jaipur-Agra highway, India 212601
  • What I like about this mausoleum in particular is that you can see through the walls as they have numerous of tiny holes
  • As Fatehpur Sikri is located about 40 km from Agra, it can also be reached from this city by taxis which cost you 700 rupees for a return journey


    • by Pusaka

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      Having satisfied with sight-seeing in Jaipur, we (a group of four people) decided to visit Taj Mahal in Agra and return to New Delhi. A six-seated air-conditioned private taxi was hired for 4.500 rupees. The distance between Jaipur and Agra is about 235 km and can be reached within 5 hours. After three hours drive, our Indian driver suggested us to pay a visit to Fatehpur Sikri, a place of interest in between the two cities. Although we did not know what to see there, we agreed to explore it as this place was located on the way to Agra.

      You are advised to refuse any offer from someone you do not know. Here is my experience. About to reach Fatehpur Sikri, there was a traffic jam. A person was approaching our car and gave sign


      to our driver to lower the window, and offered to be a tour guide for us in Fatehpur Sikri. We politely refused him as we had a very limited time in Fatehpur Sikri, but he forced what he wanted. After several minutes of heated “discussion”, we asked our driver to speak in their language that we did not want to employ him as our guide. He went away. Other people, however, came one after the other offering various things those we did not need. Many of them told us that we had to pay the admission fee for Fatehpur Sikri to them. Again we refused their “kindness”.

      I was very surprised that the admission fee was free (unlike advised in some websites that the admission fee is 5 USD per person for foreigners). Visitors were ...


      • also allowed to bring their cameras in without extra charge. Near the main entrance, many children offered pictures and souvenirs persistently. Again in here we were approached by a man and, without asking our permission, he did guide us within Fatehpur Sikri. At the end of the tour, surprisingly he did not charge us with a fix amount, he let us to pay him upon our willingness instead. We handed him an amount equal to about 5 USD. He gave us no proof of payment naturally.

        Fatehpur Sikri is a medium size courtyard surrounded by high pretty nice decorated walls with one large gate in every of the four directions. There is a nice mausoleum made of white marble within the premises in contrast with the remaining walls and buildings those made of red sandstone.

        What I like about this mausoleum in particular is that you can see through the walls as they have numerous of tiny holes. I also was very surprised as this building was equipped with roof-gutters proofing that people in the past had enough knowledge in civil engineering. On the contrary, I do not understand why visitors have to take their shoes off within the premises as the floor is not clean. I could feel there were sand grains on my feet. Within the mausoleum in particular, we were forced to wear white scull-cap by someone and had to pay some money for this. Luckily our “tour-guide” chased them away.

        As Fatehpur Sikri is located about 40 km from Agra, it can also be reached from this city by taxis which cost you 700 rupees for a return journey.



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