Naubat Khana

Naubat Khana is also known as Naqqar Khana and refers to a building where the Naubat – a kind of drum is played during ceremonies

Naubat Khana is also known as Naqqar Khana and refers to a building where the Naubat – a kind of drum is played during ceremonies. This building in Fatehpur Sikri has the distinct features that can be associated with all architectures of the Mughal era. As a custom the players of the Naubat used to play this drum in order to announce the arrival of the emperor. Another majestic gateway to the citadel is called the Hathi Pole gate or the Elephant gate as it is now known. The Elephant gate is the imperial entrance to the complex, on the northwest of the capital. Apart from the Naubat drum even the Shehnai was played in this Naqqar Khana during the Mughal era.

The structure of the Fatehpur Sikri - Naubat Khana is very extravagantly decorated with various types of carvings that are a sight to behold. There are several Naubat Khanas in India and Pakistan that were built during the Mughal area like the Naqqar Khana at the Red Fort and the one in Lucknow. However, the Naqqar Khana in Fatehpur Sikri is one of the best executed as far as architecture and embellishments are concerned. Till date tourists flock to this building to enjoy the beauty of the building. This is one of the noteworthy buildings in the now deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri which has become only a tourist place. It is pretty easy to reach the Naqqar Khana in Fatehpur Sikri as there are many tourist groups travelling to this place. There are guides and local transport available within Fatehpur Sikri which will take you to the Naqqar Khana. It's at a 5 minutes walk from the ticket counter along the main road towards the highway. Take the road that leads from the Diwan-i-Khas exit. A bit ahead after the Naubat Khana , you'll spot on your left, a bit high on a small hill as compact house called the Tansen Baradari.

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Naubat Khana on the way to Fatehpur Sikri

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