The beautiful Jama Masjid in Fatehpur Sikri is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the area. Fatehpur Sikri is an hour drive from Agra and it is one of the most visited places, next to Taj Mahal. The Friday Mosque sits on top of a hill, overlooking a small village surrounded by rice fields.
This Jama Masjid in Fatehpur Sikri is one of the largest mosques in India. Looking from outside, the mosque looks ordinary – just like any other mosque.
But inside, you’ll see some of the spectacular flower decorations and geometrical designs in various colours.
It has a very unique Iranian architecture. It was built by Emperor Akbar the Great who was buried in Sikandra.
The walls are inlaid with inscriptions from the Holy Quran.
And there are hundreds of arches from doors to hallways.
There are big domes and small domes, too.
The mosque is made of red sandstones and white marbles.
Visitors enter through the amazing Victory Gate (Bland Darwaza) with steep steps.
When you’re inside, you’ll find the tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti, a revered Sufi Saint. It’s been said that women tie a thread to the lattice screens, praying to bear children.
Visitors are advised to leave their shoes on the base of the 54-meter high steps. There are people there who would look after your footwear in exchange for some tips. Also, just like any other mosques in India, you aren’t allowed to show some flesh here. So, dress appropriately. You can always ask for a piece of cloth (more like a sarong) to cover yourself.
Hostel in Agra Overlooking the Taj Mahal
Cheap hostel in Agra overlooking the Taj Mahal? Look no further but Joey’s Hostel Agra. It’s a simple hostel with friendly staff – and a rooftop with the view of the world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are planning to watch the sunrise at Taj Mahal, then, this is the place where you should go. The morning queue at the ticket booth is notorious so you better stay near the gate.