Built by EMPFROR AKBAR between 1571 and 1585 in honour of Salim Chishti, a famous Sufi saint of the Chishti order Fatehpur Sikri was the Mughal capital for 14 years. A fine example of a Mughal walled city with defined private and public areas and imposing gateways, its architecture, a blend of Hindu and Islamic styles, reflects Aldbar’s secular vision as well as his style of governance. After the city was abandoned, some say for lack of water, many of its treasures were plundered. It owes its present state of preservation to the initial efforts of the viceroy, Lord Curzon, a legendary conservationist. Paunch Mahal This five-storeyed open sandstone pavilion, overlooking the Pachisi Court, is where Akhar’s queens and their attendants savoured the cool evening breezes. Its decorative screens were probably stolen after the city was abandoned.