The Naubat Khana is a Mughal style drum house that was often built in the ancient days to perform in or play the shehnai and drums. The extravagant structure had rich carvings that were typical of Mughal art and culture.
There are several such structures around India with the one in Fatehpur Sikri believed to be built during the Mughal emperor for ceremonies and functions.
Naubat Khana, in Fatehpur Sikri, is situated at the entrance of the palace area. The music here was played five times a day at the appointed hours. The three storey rectangular building has ‘Hathi Po’ or elephant gate where visitors had to dismount before entering the building. The interior boasts beautiful carved designs on the red stone walls.