Jodha Bai’s Palace

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    Location: Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India

    Estimated Visiting Time: 1 hour

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    Mariam-uz-Zamani, was an Empress of the Mughal Empire also recognized as Jodha bai, Heer Kunwari, Hira Kunwari, or Harka Bai. On October 1, 1542, she was born and on May 19, 1623, she died. The mother of the next Mughal Emperor Jahangir and the first and Chief Rajput wife of Emperor Akbar,   and also the grandmother of the Mughal Emperor Khurram, Shah Jahan, was Empress Jodha. Raja Bharmal of Amer was her father.  Until Nur Jahan became empress, she is said to have been politically involved in the court. 


    To some of the roofs and cupolas and the use of wagon-vault ceilings with groins in one of the upper rooms, other interesting details include the application of blue glaze tiles. Confirming that the occupant of the building was a Hindu lady, several Hindu motifs have been used in the building. In the interior, Hindu motifs such as parrots, elephants, hams (swans), lotus, srivatsa mark, ghant mala, etc. are decorated. The colonnaded Dylan contains extremely graceful brackets and curvilinear square pillars with beautiful moldings. 3xc=Serving the purpose of the temple, the western suite contains beautiful curvilinear pillars with brackets. Vedikas and several Hindu motifs are contained in this suite. With eight pillars, semi-circular domes, and triangular khaprail roofs, the superstructure of the building comprises chhatris, chhaparkhats. The corner domes and khaprail roofs bear traces of arabesque designs in glazed tiles.


    Panoramic view of Historic red sandstone palace built by Mughal emperor Akbar for Jodha bai also known as the Jodha bai's palace in Fatehpur Sikri.

    Mariam-uz-Zamani could issue official documents, like other few women at the Mughal court, which was usually the exclusive privilege of the emperor. To build gardens, wells, and mosques around the country, she used her wealth and influence. By Jahangir, a vav or step well was constructed, as per her last wishes. Her tomb is on the Delhi Agra National Highway, near Fatehpur Sikri, built in 1611. She was not burnt according to the Hindu religion, according to Islamic custom she was buried.

    Inside/Outside Views

    Beautiful view of Jodha Bai's Palace

    Having all facilities, provisions, and safeguards, Jodha Bai’s palace is the largest and most important part of the Imperial Harem. Built as the house of the principal queen, Jodha Bai’s Palace is a structure that reveals some of the conditions of living in the Mughal household. Consisting of a large central courtyard with buildings arranged around its periphery, the palace in plan measures 320’ X 215’. With staggered doorways to provide isolation, the only entrance is through a guarded gatehouse. The buildings attached to their inner side all face the central courtyard. Once by the gatehouse on the east, the outer facade of the wall is only interrupted thrice, the hanging pavilion of Hawa Mahal on the north and service and bathing apartments on the south. With open terraced roofs at regular intervals, most of the buildings, placed symmetrically around the square courtyard are two-storied. The structures rise up into separate blocks, in the middle of each side and at each corner. With corridors and passages communicating with each block on the ground floor, each of these blocks is a self-contained suite of living rooms. While the chambers below could be heated in cold weather, each group of apartments could be divided off from the others; the ones above always remain airy and cool. With their volute forms and the shapes of the pillars, an influence of Hindu temple architecture can be seen, in many of its elements and carved decoration, especially in the design of the niches and brackets, showing that artisans from Gujarat were assigned with the construction of the palace.

    Opening Hours

    1. Sunday 7:30 AM–6 PM
    2. Monday 7:30 AM–6 PM
    3. Tuesday 7:30 AM–6 PM
    4. Wednesday 7:30 AM–6 PM
    5. Thursday 7:30 AM–6 PM
    6. Friday 7:30 AM–6 PM
    7. Saturday 7:30 AM–6 PM

    Entry & Others Fees

    • For Indians RS 20 needed to be paid
    • For Foreigners, RS 260 is needed.

    How to Reach

    By Air: The nearest airport to reach Fatehpur Sikri is Kheria Airport. It is 40 kilometers away and is also well-connected with most of the cities across the globe.

    By Train: Agra Cantt is the nearest railway station from Fatehpur Sikri, it is located in Agra. It is at a distance of about 40 kilometers away from the town.

    By Bus: Fatehpur Sikri is well-connected to Agra about 37 kilometers and Delhi about 210 kilometers by regular bus services that are operated by Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC).

    Tips for Travellers

    You must carry your water bottle, and also some snacks. Be polite and make sure that you are not disturbing other visitors.


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: yes, the place is safe to visit.

    Que-02: Is photography allowed in this place?

    Ans: Photography is allowed here.

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