- Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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This gorgeous city, built between 1569 and 1585, was intended to be Agra's co-capital. Knowing this, you may ask: Why have I never heard of Fatehput Sikri before? Due to a lack of water, the city was abandoned just a few years after its construction. Just about 25 miles west of Agra, Fatehput Sikri lay empty for hundreds of years. Now, the bewitching ghost town has started to see the return of visitors; if you take the train or drive here, you won't be disappointed.
With fewer crowds than the Taj Mahal or Agra Fort, you can appreciate the ornate Mughal architecture and leisurely tour mosques, squares, and palace rooms. But one TripAdvisor user offers some words of advice: "DO NOT hire a guide while visiting Fatehpur Sikri. […] You can hire the electronic audio guide available the ticket counter, which can provide you a better insight."
Admission to Fatehpur Sikri costs 485 INR (about $8.50 USD). This UNESCO World Heritage Site welcomes visitors from sunrise to sunset. For more information, consult the city of Agra's official website.