Hiran Minar
Hiran Minar
3.5

Top ways to experience nearby attractions

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles64 reviews
Excellent
9
Very good
29
Average
22
Poor
1
Terrible
3

Usman Sarwar
Lahore, Pakistan4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I don't usually leave negative reviews but I felt compelled to do so in this case. This was pretty disappointing, I had the misfortune of visiting Hiran minar yesterday. This place is not maintained at all and is not worth the price you pay for it. There are not many trees, there's barely any shade on the premises so don't go there in day time or any time because this place sucks.
I thought the tower would be taller and grander than it actually was, but its closed for public and so was the trees area on the other side
Save your time, money, and sanity by going elsewhere!
Written 9 October 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SalimM
London, UK1,904 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
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 have been is a bit of a puzzle. So it may have been a post to keep a look out for or it may have been built in memory of the Akbars favourite elephant. I have heard stranger things.
Written 7 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Vaibhav Bakhshi
Lucknow, India54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
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 came from the fact that the large ground around this place was converted to a deer sanctuary. Some also say that the elephant's name was actually 'Hiran', but I couldn't find a confirmation to either of these theories. It is a circular tower with exterior walls covered with stone projections in the form of elephant tusks. An interesting fact about the tower is that it has stairs with 7 clockwise circular rounds. Hence, it is prohibited for brothers and sisters to climb it together, as it resembles the '7 Phere' performed by the couple at Hindu weddings.
Written 6 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Indiana_Jonesse
San Francisco, CA7,084 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Minar means minaret or column or tower. The elephant was buried here. That elephant had a significant contribution to history because he was used to crush people to death when they were caught in so called crime. When he died, they built this tower for him.
Written 23 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ansari Iqbal
Mumbai, India63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Hiran Minar is 21.34m high tower got its name after Jehangir converted the polo ground around the tower into a sanctuary for hiran (Antelopes). 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. Numerous elephant tusks are protruding from the center of the each star and hexagons (now replaced with stone tusks). It is believed that real elephant tusks symbolize the novelty and grandeur of Mughal Empire.
Written 6 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mohsin A
Muscat, Oman495 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
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 elephant tusks. Guides and popular stories will tell you that it was erected as a memorial to the Emperor Akbar's favorite elephant. However, according to historians, it was probably used as a starting point for subsequent mile posts.
Written 18 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,364 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
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 disobeyed or displeased the ruler, had there coconut cracked, by the elephant foot, all down within the courtyard. this display would definitely keep the subjects under control. As told by our guide.
Written 12 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Primestop
Braunton, UK344 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
The price of entry (610 rupees) plus the necessary guide (450 rupees minimum) and the hassle from the touts makes this one to pass.
Written 23 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

nik_0107
New Delhi, India617 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
The minar is built in memory of Akbar's favourite elephant, though it is located outside of the main palace and seems unsafe to visit with family.
Written 29 December 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Wanderlusternomader
New Delhi, India3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Family
it has become a hideout of gangs of touts, local boys from the slums will make your life terrible & they have unchallenged access to the monument, not maintained by archaeological department and guides here are almost mafia dons.
also the access to the monument is very creepy and uphill task. the monument might be historical but the mayhem and chaos created by the local mafia's make it a creepy place to visit.
Written 27 July 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 48
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Hiran Minar - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024) - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about Hiran Minar



All things to do in Fatehpur Sikri
RestaurantsFlightsTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire