The mighty, rust-red sandstone towers and battlements of Agra Fort loom over the city that shares their name, their imposing mass sheltering magnificent palaces, pavilions, halls and mosques, all set amid enchanting landscaped gardens.
Built for the Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great in the late 16th Century, Agra Fort served as the main palace of the Mughal Emperors until the capital moved to Delhi in 1638. Its fortified exterior and the opulent structures within tell the story of decades of imperial building projects, the interplay between Hindu and Islamic styles and cultures, and the varying tastes of different rulers.
Take a guided tour of Agra fort to discover life as lived by the imperial family, their court and servants. See the sturdy but ornate architecture of Jehangiri Mahal, Akbar's most notable remaining structure, (and the vast 'bathtub' that stands in front of it), the Shah Jahani Mahal's mix of marble and red stone (once all painted white), and the all-marble Khas Mahal. The north section of Agra Fort is still used by the Indian Army - one of the main reasons its grandest gate, the Delhi Gate on the fort's west side, is not open to the public. Entry is through the Amar Singh Gate on the fort's south side. The fort is open from 6am to 6pm each day, and entry for tourists currently 550 rupees.
A history enthusiast’s paradise and a remarkable building that fills every visitor with awe, Agra Fort is an unforgettable place to visit on your India tour.
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