Agra Fort
The Epitome Of Mughal Architecture
10 Km
distance from city
2 hours
time to explore
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
timings
Agra
destination
Introduction
It was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar with the help of 4,000 workers who worked for eight years to finish its construction in 1573. Agra Fort is made of red sandstone and was the seat of the Mughal Empire. Some of the major attractions in Agra Fort that will leave you mesmerized are structures like the Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal, Jehangir’s Palace and Khas Mahal. The fort has four large gate of which the Delhi Gate was used for the king’s formal entry. Diwan-i-Khas and Diwan-i-Aam were reserved for royal audience and the public respectively. Even though Akbar built it, during the rule of Shah Jahan, Years later, his son Aurangzeb imprisoned him in the same fort at Mussaman Burj.... More
Why should you go
Another architectural jewel in this city is the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is spread across 94 acres so you will need about two hours to explore the entire monument. With the Taj Mahal overshadowing it, one can easily forget that Agra has one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Aanarkali darwasa, place were akbar used to address his people are all worth seeing.The hall once housed Shah Jahan’s legendary Peacock Throne, which was inset with precious stones – including the famous Koh-i-noor diamond. Along the eastern edge of the fort you’ll find Musamman Burj and Khas Mahal, the wonderful white-marble octagonal tower and palace where Shah Jahan was imprisoned for eight years until his death in 1666, and from where he could gaze out at the Taj Mahal, the tomb of his wife. When he died, Shah Jahan’s body was taken from here by boat to the Taj. The now closed Mina Masjid, set back slightly from the eastern edge, was his private mosque.... More
What should you know
Besides the massive architecture the place will also offer an insights of the massive water storage tank that was built at Mughal era. Else the magnifico view of the Taj Mahal is worth a watch. You should take about 2 hours to fully enjoy a relaxed visit or if in company. The audio guide booth is inside the second gateway and costs only 110 rupees There are close to16 palaces inside this fort. Most of the guidespeak in Hindi, so be specific if you want english speaking one, or if you are from other part of earth, hire a guide from UP tourism dept. Once you see the room where shah jahan was held captive by his son Aurangazeb you truly feel bad for Shah Jahan.... More
Things to care about
there are lots of unofficial touts outside pushing you to pay for their services beware they are not government guides and the audio is very inexpensive and excellent. Avoid paying to watchman who will offer to open sheesh mahal where mumtaz supposedly bathed, for a price of Rs. 500. There are many such people, who are in liason with unauthorised guides.... More
How To Reach
Agra Fort is 5.2 km away from Agra Cantt. Auto rickshaws will charge approx Rs 50. There are waiting room and retiring room in Agra cantt railway station premises. You can either sit in some restaurants or tea stalls, nearby to Agra cantt.