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About Sheesh Mahal

Sheesh Mahal, a notable structure in Mughal architecture was built by Fauzdar Khan around 1711 A.D. Fauzdar Khan was the first Nawab of Farrukhnagar Town, which flourished till the late 19th century and was abandoned during the British Raj in the early 20th century. The fort today is a popular tourist attraction as it provides memorable glimpses of the bygone Mughal Era. To reach this architectural marvel, one has to pass the main market as well as the Delhi Darwaza Gate. Fort walls surround the palace, crumbling down at places. It is difficult to make out from the small entrance that there is a whole palace inside it. The fort features Divan-E-Aam which is a rectangular structure made of sandstone. It is built on a high plinth. Sheesh Mahal transforms into Mirror Palace (‘Sheesh’ meaning mirror and ‘Mahal’ referring to a fort). This name is suggestive of mirror inlay work which can no longer be seen today owing to the fort not being able to stand the test of time. However, at one time there were mirrors adorning wooden ceilings and backside of Divan-E-Aam. A courtyard with a water channel can be seen in the front of the fort. A memorial for 1857 rebellion martyrs is built in the courtyard. Dark and dingy steps lead to the three floors of the fort including the basement which visitors often miss to locate. Strategically placed air ducts make us realize how technically sound the fort’s constructors were and that too at a time with less technological advancements and limited resources. The fort is now being restored in portions by the Archaeological Survey of India.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family, Couple
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera, Video

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