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“Amazing fort and palace”

Panch Mahal - Fatehpur Sikri
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“Amazing fort and palace”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Very impressive stone construction made by the great moghul imperor Akbar, very well preserved, one of the best I have seem not only in India but worldwide, with a sad story behind (they had to abandon the city due to lack of water). Definitively worth a visit. Just be very carefull with the vendors in the entrance, watch out!

Visited January 2013
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“Best in Fatehpur Sikri”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Undoubtedly, Panch Mahal is the best monument in Fatehpur Sikri. This can be better enjoyed when you know the history of Fatehpur Sikri and Panch Mahal. But never depend on the guides. Most of the guides are unauthorized and overpriced for two hours maximum. To enjoy this place at least three hours is required. So better wander here on your own.

Visited December 2012
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“Magnificent site, almost ruined by touts and scams”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

The city itself is magnificent and enchanting, and was one of the highlights of our trip to India. The buildings and courtyards are exquisitely preserved, and it's well worth the journey from Agra.

Unfortunately any independent travellers will need to be aware of the scams:

Taxis will stop at a car park short of the entrance and tell you that you need to take a rickshaw the rest of the way. The rickshaw will agree a price and then take you the rest of the way, which turns out to be about 300 metres (and you would have walked it in less time than it takes to bargain with a driver).

The local madrassa sends its students to the entrance to try and pick up visitors, claiming that they work at the site and offering to act as guides. They're VERY persistant and VERY annoying.

At the main entrance to the site there are two roads, one to the left (leading to the Jama Masjid mosque) and one uphill to the right (to the palace). We were mobbed by "guides" who insisted that the entrance to Fatehpur Sikri was through the mosque, where they also insist that you have to pay to enter, pay to bring a camera, etc. Fortunately we realised we were being tricked. We discovered later that diverting visitors into the mosque is the most common scam, and some unfortunate visitors have left Fatehpur Sikri without ever having managed to get into the palace.

On finally entering the palace area you will again be approached by "guides" who insist that the buildings cannot be appreciated without a guide. You'll need to tell them loudly to go away. We saw some poor English tourists who had given in and were being dragged around by one of the "guides" who was yelling at them about 16th century Indian politics (!)

My advice for anyone visiting Fatehpur Sikri is to refuse all offers of help, ignore all guides and assume almost* everyone is lying to you.

* One exception - the Archaeological Service staff who sell tickets at the palace entrance!

Visited October 2012
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“Such fun to explore!”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

This was such a fun place to explore! We had a great time checking out every inch of it. The architecture and carvings are fascinating. We did not use a guide here and felt that we did just fine using by reading the signs since our guide the day before had prepped us on what we would be seeing. However, if you haven't learned about it ahead of time I might recommend a guide.

Don't miss this place, we truly enjoyed every moment here!

Visited December 2012
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“Deserted Moghul Empire Capital - What a story”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

This red sandstone city was once the captial of the Moghul Empire but was abandoned due to the scarcity of water. It was a magnificant walled city. Fascinating history which is worth getting a good guide for. Ensure your driver also stops before or after the visit to let you get a picture of the incredible wall. This is a great stop off if you are driving from Jaipur to Agra.

Visited December 2012
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