#9 of 17 Places to Visit in Fatehpur Sikri
Distance (From Fatehpur Sikri Railway Station): 1 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins
Place Location: In Fatehpur Sikri Fort
Transportation Options: Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 1 km from Fatehpur Sikri Railway Station, Diwan-i-Am or Hall of Public Audience is located inside the complex of Fatehpur Sikri Fort. This is the first enclosure of the palace from the entrance.
Diwan-i-Am was constructed during 1570 to 1580 AD by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. He heard the petitions of general public every morning in this hall. It is also used for public prayers and celebrations.
This building mainly consisted of three parts; front space for public, center space for the emperor and adjacent space for royal ladies. This is a rectangular structure multiple bays with a large courtyard in the front. The most impressive feature of this structure is the Throne Chamber facing east. It is said that it was so built because of Akbar's belief in sun worship. This chamber showcases a unique stone tiled roof. There are pillars corridors surrounding the three sides which can seat over a thousand audiences. To the west, is the pavilion with the Emperor's throne with beautiful Jali screens on either side separating the court ladies.
Turkic Baths are situated south west of the Diwan-i-Am and next to the Turkic Sultana's House.
Complex Entry Fee: Rs.20 for Indians and Rs.260 for Foreigners.
Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM. Closed on Friday.