Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a standing testimony of India’s rich past. Agra gained prominence during the reign of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. It became a provincial city. Agra Fort is another reason why travelers from all over the world travel to Agra, the first reason being the Taj Mahal.
Constructed by Akbar, the greatest Mughal Emperor of all times, the structure manifests Mughal art and architectural style. In fact, the fort was already there but it was given a facelift by Akbar, the Great. Interestingly, the famous Kohi-Noor diamond was in this fort. Agra fort is crescent in shape.
Agra Fort Location
Agra Fort is situated along River Yamuna and is a stretch of approximately 2.5 km. In fact you can call it a “walled city”. The interior of Agra Fort is so big that literally speaking, it can accommodate a small city. The walls are built of red sandstone but originally, it was a bricked structure.
Entering The Agra Fort
There are 4 main gates, the names of two of them being Amar Singh Gate and Delhi Gate. Later on 2 gates were walled and currently there are only 2 gates. The Amar Singh gate is open to public and if you want to tour around Agra Fort, you have to enter it through the Amar Singh gate.
What To Expect Inside
Since the Agra Fort is more or less a miniature city, there are several other forts inside the main fort. Once you enter the fort, you will get to see the following –h4>Jehangir Mahal p>Jehangir Mahal is the first structure you will notice when you enter the fort. This mahal was built by Akbar for the women of the household. Built of stone, it has decorations on the outside, where you will see Persian verses.
Built by Shah Jahan, Khass Mahal is made of marble. Khass Mahal manifests Islamic Persian style and was used as the sleeping room or “aramgarh” of the Emperor.
Musammam Burj was built by Shah Jahan too and has a pavilion which is open. This is the place where Shah Jahan breathed his last while admiring the Taj Mahal at a distance.
Sheesh Mahal is also known as the Glass Palace. Sheesh Mahal is a classical example of water engineering during that period. It has tiny mirrors on its walls. It is the dressing room.
Diwan-I-Khaas is where the common people gathered or the audience flocked to. The pillars are made of marble and have semi precious stones engraved in them.
Mina Masjid was built by Shah Jahan and was used by him as his private space.h4>Diwan-E-Am
Diwan-E-Am had the famous Peacock Throne. The throne was shifted to Delhi when Shah Jahan moved there.
Moti Masjid is also known as the Pearl Mosque.
Nagina Masjid was used by the women as their private mosque and was built by Shah Jahan.
Important Information For Tourists
Given below is brief information for tourists entering the fort.
Best Time To Visit-November through February
Entry Fees -Entry fee is applicable if you are above 12 years. The fee is a nominal Rs 5. The Agra Fort is open everyday from sunrise to sunset excluding Mondays.
How To Reach -You can reach Agra from the capital city of India, Delhi by air, rail or road. It is at a distance of 204 km from Delhi.
The other tourist attractions of Agra are:
- Itimad Ud Daulah Tomb
- Chini ka Rauza
- Rambagh Garden
- Dayalbagh Gardens
- Fatehpur Sikri
- Jama Masjid
- Buland Darwaza
- Akbar Tomb
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