Agra Fort

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The Agra Fort, commonly known as the Red Fort, is a massive 16th-century red sandstone castle located on the banks of the Yamuna River in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. Agra Fort was built by Mughal emperor Akbar and functioned as the seat of administration when the Mughal capital was in Agra, as both a military base and a royal home. The edifice exemplifies the architectural splendor of the Mughal rule in India and is a contemporary of Humayun's Tomb in Delhi (approximately 200 km to the northwest). In 1983, the Agra Fort built by Mughal emperor Akbar was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Diwan-i I Khas, Diwan-i I Aam, Pearl Mosque, Moti Masjid, and Jahangiri Mahal are among the most elegant structures within the Agra Fort's grounds. The Indian Army uses a section of the Agra Fort that is not open to the public. The fort's pavilions provide stunning views of the Taj Mahal. Further, the Sheesh Mahal is regarded as one of the most beautiful structures in the Agra Fort. It is a 'harem' or dressing room that uses the most advanced water engineering principles.

 

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History


The Sultan of Delhi, Sikandar Lodi, was the first to relocate his capital from Delhi to Agra. His son Ibrahim Lodi ruled Badalgarh for nine years before succumbing in the first battle of Panipat. When Babur's son Humayun was dispatched to Agra, he took control of the Badalgarh Fort and seized a large treasure, including the famous Kohinoor diamond. 

The Mughals ceased their ownership of the fort again after Humayun's loss to Sher Shah Suri. When Akbar landed at Agra, he immediately recognized the city's importance and declared it the capital. The ruins of the Badalgarh Fort were reclaimed by Akbar, who rebuilt it using Rajasthani red sandstone. It took 4000 workers and 4 years to finish it in 1573. 

Architecture


The sumptuous Agra Fort was built by Mughal emperor Akbar in Mughal style and is made of red sandstone and marble. The fort is surrounded by enormous double battlemented walls composed of red sandstone and has the shape of a semicircle when viewed from above. 

The perimeter of these walls is approximately 2 kilometers long and 70 feet tall. Delhi Gate, Ghazni Gate, Amar Singh Gate, and Hathi Pol are the four gates of the fort. The Delhi Gate, which served as Akbar's ceremonial gate, is the largest of these. Through the Amar Singh Gate, visitors enter the fort.

Activities


Light and Sound Show

The city of Agra hosts a nightly light and sound performance at the fort. The Agra Fort's light and sound performance take you on a visual trip through the historic past- Agra Fort built by Mughal emperor Akbar. It is one of Agra Fort's most popular attractions and is widely regarded as one of India's top light and sound shows.

Visit Jehangir Mahal

When you arrive at the Agra Fort from the Amar Singh Gate, the Jehangir Mahal is one of the first structures you'll see. After his father, Jehangir was Akbar's son and the Mughal empire's next ruler. Akbar developed the Jehangir Mahal as a woman's apartment next to Jodha Bai's chambers.

Musamman Burj

Shah Jahan also constructed the Musamman Burj. This octagonal tower has an open pavilion that allows the evening breeze to flow directly through it. This was the spot where Shah Jahan spent his final days, gazing out over the Taj Mahal, the tomb of his wife.

Not to forget the Moti Masjid

The Pearl Mosque, also known as the Agra Fort Mosque, is a stunning edifice. Visitors are not permitted to enter the mosque at this time. The Mina Masjid, which was Emperor Shah Jahan's shrine, is located next to the Moti Masjid.

Tips for visiting


  • Prohibited items include food, booze, tobacco, headphones, knives, wire, mobile chargers, and electronic products (excluding cameras).
  • When visiting this site, make sure you have your identification cards with you.
  • Mobile phones must be turned off during Agra Fort timing.
  • It is recommended that only licensed guides and photographers with identification cards be hired.

Best time to visit


Autumn and winter i.e; October to March are the best times to visit Agra because the heat has subsided and the weather is mild and ideal for touring. Spend a day strolling through the grounds of the Taj Mahal and taking in the splendor of this majestic masterpiece.

Nearby Atractions


  • Jama Masjid (700 m)
  • Taj Mahal (2.9 km)
  • Sadar Bazaar (3.5 km)
  • Itmad-ud-Dulah’s Tomb (3.5 km)
  • Mehtab Bagh (5.5 km)
  • The Red Taj (6.2 km)
  • Sikandra Fort and Akbar’s Tomb (12.6 km)

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Nearby Hotels


  • Avadh Hotel (0.38 km)
  • Ajay International Hotel (0.51 km) 
  • Hotel Marwari (0.54 km)
  • Holiday Inn Agra MG Road (2.67 km)
  • The Oberoi Amarvilas (3.00 km)

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort


  • The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was given to Agra Fort built by Mughal emperor Akbar in 2004, and India Post issued a special stamp to honor the winners.
  • When Shah Jahan chose to move from Agra to Delhi in 1638, he opted to create the Red Fort, based on the Agra Fort.
  • The Agra Fort appears in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mystery novel The Sign of the Four.

Nearby Restaurants


  • Jain Chole Bhature (0.54 km)
  • Chimanlal Puri (0.55 km)
  • Tease Me (2.15 km)
  • Cafe' G (2.64 km)

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  • 5 - Excellent

Great service and friendly team

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People Also Ask About Agra Fort

Yes, Red Fort and Agra Fort are the same.

The Agra Fort built by Mughal emperor Akbar features magnificent palaces made of white marble and red sandstone which were erected by two generations of creative architects, Akbar and later Jahangir and Shahjahan.

No, the Taj Mahal is 2.5 km away from the Agra Fort.

The Agra fort ticket price for Indians is 40 rupees and for foreigners is 550 rupees.

Yes, booking in advance can help you secure your spot.

By booking your Agra tour with HotelDekho, you can get the best possible way to see the fort.

Avadh Hotel (0.38 km), Ajay International Hotel (0.51 km), Hotel Marwari (0.54 km), Holiday Inn Agra MG Road (2.67 km), The Oberoi Amarvilas (3.00 km) are some of the hotels near Agra Fort.

Jain Chole Bhature (0.54 km), Chimanlal Puri (0.55 km), Tease Me (2.15 km), Cafe' G (2.64 km) are some of the nearby restaurants to Agra fort.

Nearby attractions to Agra Fort are Jama Masjid (700 m), Taj Mahal (2.9 km), Sadar Bazaar (3.5 km), Itmad-ud-Dulah’s Tomb (3.5 km), Mehtab Bagh (5.5 km), The Red Taj (6.2 km), Sikandra Fort and Akbar’s Tomb (12.6 km).

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