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The city of Agra is better known for being an essential part of the Mughal Kingdom and also for the marble marvel Taj Mahal. We at India Divine Tours offer you the fascinating Agra Tour. This tastefully assembled tour will introduce you to the magnificent monuments and forts within the city. So get ready to taste the flavor of the erstwhile Mughal dynasty in all its rustic splendour.
A grand red stone monument is visible on the horizon near Taj Mahal. Situated at the distance of two kilometers from the marble marvel it is known as the Agra Fort. In 1565 the foundation stone was laid by the Great Emperor Akbar to commence the construction of another architectural legacy. Later his grandson Shah Jahan completed the construction in 1571. The fort, containing a small city within, is completely impregnable with its sixty-nine feet high double walls encircled by a moat. The fort has a long straight wall facing the river Yamuna which is succeeded by a crescent shaped form flattened eastwards.
Though now only the southern area of the fort is accessible to the public but the grand entrance through the Amar Singh Gate is a must watch. Originally the Delhi Gate, leading to the inner portal known as Hathi Pol or Elephant Gate, was supposed to be the entrance for this magnificent fort.
The Agra Fort once again reminds you of the passionate pursuit of architecture during the era of Mughal Emperors Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. A few of the must watch attractions within the Agra Fort are enlisted below.
Agra Fort is one of the major attractions in Agra which attracts thousands of tourists in the city. The close proximity of the fort from the world famous Taj Mahal also makes it a desired tourist destination in Agra. The fort presents tourists with the following attractions :
Major Attractions :
The Khas Mahal : Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1637 this palace presents a blend of Islamic and Persian architecture and aura. Its uniqueness lies in the distinct paintings on white marble.
The Jehangir Mahal : Emperor Akbar built this Hindu and Central Asian styled residence for his son Jehangir. A beautiful inner courtyard preceded by an impressive gateway and the beautiful halls located within highlight the unmathced skills of the Mughal artisans.
Diwan- i- Khas : 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.
Musamman Burj : This octagonal tower with an open pavilion ia 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.
The Sheesh Mahal : 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.
The Macchhi Bhawan : This grand enclosure is located opposite the Diwan- i- Khas and was meant for harem functions.
The Hammam- i- Shahi : 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.
Diwan-i-Am : Also known as the hall of public audience this red sandstone structure was built by Emperor Shah Jahan. The court was conducted here everyday.