Agra Fort is built by Akbar, the Mughal emperor from the inspiration and ideasof rulers like Jahangir Mahal, Khas Mahal, Diwan-i-Am, Machchhi Bhawan, Diwan-i-Khass etc. This is first made as a military structure by Akbar but was later transformed into a palace by his son, Shah Jahan. Agra Fort consists of four gates from which Delhi gate is considered as famous one. The entrance to Agra fort is through Amar Singh Gate which leads way to the courtyard.
During the rein, Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son in this fort where Shah Jahan spend his last days in Musamman Burj. Musamman Burj is a beautiful tower with open surroundings allowing the cool air breeze from Yamuna river flows in side the Burj. Burj gives an exotic view of Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal can also view through the slits in the wall of Jodha Bai’s palace in Agra Fort.
Agra Fort is said to be a model for Shah Jahan’s Red Fort in Delhi. A large part of the Agra Fort was converted into army barracks by the British. The famous Indian Film Jodha Akbar showcased the beauty of the fort. This is a brick fort and the Chauhan Rajputs held it. Sikandar Lodi was the first Sultan of Delhi, who lived in the fort.
The walls of the Fort are seventy feet high. The fort is well described in Sherlock Holmes mystery, ‘The Sign of the Four’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture in the year 2004 won by this fort. There is also an Indian Post with this stamp. Around 1,444,000 builders worked on the fort for eight years.
How To Reach Agra Fort ?
- Agra Fort Railway Station: Nearest railway
- Agra Fort Bus Stand: Nearest bus station
- Agra Civil Enclaves airport (5 km from the city center)
- Opening Times: 6am to 6pm, daily
- Cost: Indian/foreigner Rs 20/300
- Address: Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India