Agra Fort Tourist Information
Agra is an imperial city. It has been inseparable part of Mughal Empire. It is known for the exquisitely beautiful Taj Mahal. Indian Legend Holidays offers a majestic Agra tour. It is a magnificent tour which will introduce you to the splendid heritage of the Agra City. You will explore the fascinating monuments and forts on this tour in Agra. So, be ready to soak the royal splendor of Agra.
Agra fort is a grand monument which is visible from the Taj Mahal and is situated at a distance of two kilometers from the Taj. It was Akbar who started the construction of Agra fort in 1565. It was completed by his grandson Shah Jajan in 1571. It is a formidable fort with sixty-nine high double balls encircled by a moat. It is another majestic architectural legacy of Mughals.
Only the southern part of the fort is accessible to the public but the majestic entrance through the Amar Singh Gate is a must see. The Delhi Gate leads you to the inner portal known as the Hathi Pol or Elephant Gate. It was, originally, supposed to be the main entrance of the fort. The fort reiterates the passion of Mughals for fine architecture which reached its peak during the reign of Shah Jahan. Some of the must see attractions of the Agra fort are given below:
It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1637. This palace presents a blend of Islamic and Persian architecture and aura. Its characteristic beauty lies in the distinct paintings on white marble.
Emperor Akbar got constructed this Hindu and Central Asian styled residence for his son Jehangir. A gorgeous inner courtyard preceded by a striking gateway and the beautiful halls located within highlight the exceptional skills of the Mughal artisans.
The hall of private audience was built under the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan in 1636-37. It served the purpose of entertaining the royalties, dignitaries and ambassadors.
This octagonal tower with an open pavilion is located within the left area of the Khas Mahal. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The tower overlooks the river Yamuna and presents the most splendid views of the Taj Mahal. The Emperor spent his tenure as a captive of his son Aurangzeb in this tower and breathed his last here as well.
This palace is also known as the Glass Palace due to its best glass- mosaic work within the structure. Composed of two beautiful halls it is believed to have been the royal dressing room.
This grand enclosure is located opposite the Diwan- i- Khas and was meant for harem functions.
This airy apartment is located to the right of Diwan- i- Khas and served the purpose of being a summer retreat by the Mughal Emperors.
Also known as the hall of public audience this red sandstone structure was built by Emperor Shah Jahan. The court was conducted here everyday.
Indian Legend Holidays would let you know fascinating history of this amazing fort while you are on the fabulous Agra tour.