Welcome to Fort Agra, the most important fort in India. (And its just next to the Taj Mahal!!)
FORT AGRA located in Agra India is a Unesco World Heritage site. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The 94 acre fort is actually a walled city.It is the most important fort in India.
Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction.
The great Mugals, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb used to live and rule the country from this very place. It is also where the largest state treasury and mint in the country was located.
Agra Fort is located on the river banks of Yamuna River. The Agra Fort has won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in the year 2004 and India Post has issued a Stamp to commemorate this prestigious award on 28.11.2004. The fort has 4 gates in total, and 2 of the most famous are the “Delhi Gate” and the “Lahore Gate.” The Lahore Gate is also popularly also known as the Amar Singh Gate. You can only enter the fort via the Amar Singh Gate.
After going through the gate you walk over a ramp and enter the Great Courtyard. On the right hand sight, there’s the many pillared Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience).
Further inside the Royal Pavilions are beautiful mosques (Nagina Masjid & Mina Masjid), palaces (Macchi Bhavan, Khas Mahal, Shish Mahal, Shah Jahani Mahal) and the Zenana Mina Bazaar.
Several of the buildings are made of pure marble with beautiful carvings. To cool off the rooms in the marble pavilions, the walls were hollow and filled with running water. From the balconies in the pavilions, you have a nice view on the Yamuna river and the Taj Mahal. Here are some shots of Fort Agra to share with you guys.
When visiting Agra India, and you already have Taj Mahal in your itinerary. Do make the effort to visit Agra Fort as well. It is an attraction not to be missed.
These pictures are courtesy of Miss Wong Guat Hoon.