Hiran Minar Reviews
An unusual tower this one. At the bottom it is octagonal and then it becomes circular and has what look like thorns all the way up. It is big in size so stands out for miles. What it is supposed to..... more »
It is named Hiran (Deer) Minar, but it actually refers to an Elephant Tower, because, as per guides, it was built in the memory of Akbar's favourite pet elephant. The name 'Hiran Minaar' probably... 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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