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Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
Visit the magnificent deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and discover the history of the Mughal Empire.
Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only 10 years. The city was decorated with grand courts, palaces, mosques and gardens that rivalled those in Delhi and Agra. Shortage of water and unrest in the north-west, however, meant that Akbar had to abandon the city only 13 years later. Today the magnificent ruins of Fatehpur Sikri are vast and varied and consist of gateways, monuments and temples. There are around 46 buildings in the area with notable ones including a hunting tower, a private hall, Turkish baths and a number of impressive quadrangles. Even though the buildings are completely abandoned, the magnificence of this royal city has not faded and remains immaculately preserved.
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