Hiran Minar Reviews
The city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605) from 1571 to 1585. The Hiran Minar, or Elephant Tower, is a circular tower covered with stone projections in the form of ... more »
We all love a good gory story, our large group, exceptionally enjoyed, the one where Akbar loved is elephants so much, he built a memorial/tower in his honour, a favourite pass time was anyone who dis... more »
This is a remarkable tower at the end of the Fatehpur Sikri complex. Not really easy to spot and a little too remote from the main complex to visit. You'd best go here in daylight accompanied by a guide. The structure itself is a minaret, covered in spikes shaped like an elephant tusk, opposite the elephant gate of the complex. It's built atop an elevated platform and the main structure looks beautiful.
Minar is located close to Caravanserai in Fatehpur Sikri Fort. It is believed that Akbar built Hiran Tower in the memory of his favorite elephant, Hiran. With a height of 21.34 m, Hiran Minar is octagonal at the ground level and circular to the rest of the tower. This is built over an octagonal platform, which in turn stands on a square base. This tower is decorated with an alternate row of hexagons and six point stars. Earlier, elephant tusks were placed emerging from the center of each star, which are now replaced with stone tusks. The tower is entered through a flat-topped door bordered by sand stone panel and flanked by closed arched panels. There are 53 steps leading to the top inside the tower. One can get a bird's eye view of Fatehpur Sikri from the top of the tower. It is believed that this tower was connected with the palaces around and it was used as a private watch tower for the women and the queens to watch the sports, beast fights and wrestling games played in the grounds below. Entry Fee : It can be viewed right from Birbal Palace and no need to go there. Entry in the tower is restricted.
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