The city of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh truly looks as ancient as it actually is. Dusty narrow lanes open up to uneven roads where cows look just as comfortable ambling along as people do. Located between two holy rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna, Fatehpur, with its intrinsically Indian flavor, ancient traditions and age-old history is a tourist destination waiting to be discovered.
It is believed that Fatehpur has been in existence since the Vedic ages. Learned men from foreign lands including Alexander Cunningham and Huen Tsang are known to have visited this city and written about it. Archaeological excavations prove that back in 800 BC, Fatehpur was a city of prominence. Rulers such as the Mauryans and the Guptas have ruled over this region at one time or another, leaving behind their distinct influence and mark. Coins and jewelry found here, buried deep in the earth serve as proof to this. Even the Mughal emperors like Humayun and Aurungzeb were believed to have passed through here during their conquests and battles. After being jostled about various rulers, it came under the control of the East India Company during the British reign.
Fatehpur has been a silent witness to the unfolding of India’s history, and passing through this unassuming city could teach you a thing or two about our illustrious forefathers.
There are several relics and structures left behind by the past rulers of Fatehpur. The city is dotted with temples that are clearly from the Gupta period or the Mauryan rule, given their architectural finesse and intricate detailing.
The area of Khajuha in Fatehpur is worth visiting. Steeped in history, it is widely believed that it is over 5,000 years old, and that Emperor Humayun passed through and rested in this town while heading on to invade Jaunpur.
There is an old fort in Fatehpur that dates back to the Gupta reign. The bricks used in this fort have been proven by archaeologists to be from this dynasty, with its architecture typical to it as well.
You will find auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws fairly easily throughout the city. There are a number of regions you can visit from Fatehpur so it would be best to hire a car or a private taxi, explore Fatehpur and move on.
You can reach Fatehpur through train.Fatehpuris one of the most popular train stations in Fatehpur.On an average about 47 trains pass through Fatehpur on a daily basis.Kanpur to Fatehpur, Allahabad to Fatehpur, Tundla to Fatehpurare some of the most popular routes to Fatehpur with 130, 123, 91 trains weekly respectively.
By road Fatehpur is surrounded by Rae Bareli, Hamirpur, Banda which are 34.29 km, 41.71 km, 43.3 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.