As you enter the Sikri complex, you will see Anup Talao, where Tansen used to perform. It is an ornamental pool with a central stage attached with 4 bridges. This place is surrounded by some important buildings, like Khwabgah or Emperior Akbar’s palace, Panch Mahal, Diwan-e-khas, Ankh Michuli etc. Inside the complex, Diwan-e-Khas is a magnificent structure featuring a single pillar (the Lotus Throne pillar) that apparently supported Akbar's throne which is connected with 4 walkways attached with balcony. Another magnificent building is the palace of Jodha Bai, which was build for Queen Jodha Bai. This palace is the most elaborate structure in the complex.
But in spite of this magnificent and beautiful structural wonder, Emperor Akbar had abandoned this place mainly because of water supply shortage in 1585.
Things to remember:
It’s better to explore Fatehpur Sikri either early in the morning as it opens at 6:30 am or in the evening in fewer crowds. While going towards the complex, you will find people approaching you as the guide especially young children. Don’t pay any attention to them as they are locals with no knowledge only trying to fool you around. While entering from Buland Darwaza side, you need to take off your shoe which you can carry too. I suggest to carry your shoes with yourself which will save your time as you don’t need to come back to collect your shoes.
I suggest hiring a govt guide for Sikri as it will make your journey more informative and interesting like ours. The Govt. parking lot is almost 1 km before the entry point of Fatehpur Sikri. However if you want to have your breakfast or lunch there, you can take your car ahead of the parking lot and park it at any nearby restaurant’s parking lot.