Once the vibrant and prominent capital of the Mughal Empire, in the heart of the Shekhawati region of India, the 16th century town of Fatehpur is known for its beautiful Havelis and traditional mansions. As one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture in India, the Havelis are decorated with intricate carvings, frescoes and paintings, offering a glimpse into this beautiful time period. Today, Fatehpur stands deserted and uninhabited, but its beauty and charm are still evident. In 1571, after the birth of his son Prince Salim (who would later become Emperor Jahangir), Akbar decided to relocate
the capital from Agra Fort and build a lavish walled city where he could live with his wives and children. After being deserted in 1610, Fatehpur fell into ruins - but no one knows the true reason why it was abandoned. The city is also home to a number of historical and cultural attractions, such as the Buland Darwaza, (claimed to be the tallest gateway in the world), the Diwan-e-Khas (Hall of Private Audiences) and the off-the-beaten-track and unusual Hiran Minar (or ‘Elephant Tower’) with a spectacular view over the complex.

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