Southern india tours
southern india tours, Fatehpur Sikri was built by Mughal emperor Akbar in 1571 in honour of the Sufi saint,
Sheikh Salim Chisti. It was the Mughal capital for 14 years after which it was abandoned due to paucity of
water. It is made of red sandstone and combines influences from both Hindu and Mughal architecture. Even to
this day, the entrance to the fort is through the road that Akbar built which leads to the Buland Darwaza, a
huge 54 metres gateway. Other inspiring monuments in Fatehpur Sikri are the Hiran Minar that Akbar built in
memory of his favourite elephant, Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti, Birbals House and the Diwan-i-Khas.
The Buland Darwaza is made of red and buff sandstone, decorated by white and black marble and towers
above the courtyard of the mosque. The Buland Darwaza is symmetrical in plan and is topped by pillars and
chhatris with Buland Darwaiosks on the roof, stylized battlement and small turrets and inlay work of white
and black marble. On the outside a long flight of steps sweep down the hill giving the gateway additional
Agra, Jaipur & Delhi
Taj Mahal, famous as the Monument of Love, located in Agra has been consistently part of the ‘7 Wonders of the World’ list by UNESCO.
The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the
opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564. A
pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and
soapstone by artisans who are hereditary craftsmen. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread
embroidery and leather shoes.