The World UNESCO Heritage Site Agra Fort is one of the most amazing and beautiful forts built by Mughals on the bank of the river Yamuna in Agra City. Just about 2.5 km away from famous Taj Mahal this fort was built by Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565-1573 . Agra’s history backpedals more than 2,500 years, however it was not until the rule of the Mughals that Agra got to be more than a provincial city. The Fort offers beautiful view of Taj Mahal and is considered as second most beautiful monument of Mughals after its sister monument Taj Mahal. Agra Fort is among the most famous tourist destination of Agra City.
Like the Delhi Fort located in New Delhi that of Agra is one of the most obvious symbols of the Mughals grandeur art and architecture which asserted itself under Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan. It was here only that the Aurangzeb imprisoned Shah Jahan his own father for 8 years inside the fort until he died in 1666 and was buried in the Taj Mahal.
Inside Agra Fort
Agra Fort sprawls over an area of 94 acres with semicircular plan and is surrounded by huge 21.4 m high fortification wall. The fort with beautiful blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture have four gates amon them the most notable are the “Delhi Gate” and the “Lahore Gate.”
Some of the important architecture inside the Agra fort are Khas Mahal, the Shish Mahal, the octagonal tower of Muhammam Burj, Diwan-i-Khas, and the many pillared Diwan-i-Am built by Shah Jahan. The fort complex also comprises of Moti Masjid or the Pearl Mosque and Nagina Masjid.
Agra Fort Timings and Entry Fees
Agra Fort is open for tourists from sunrise to sunset.. Entry Fees For Indian Tourists and visitors of SAARC (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives and Afghanistan) and BIMSTEC Countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar) is Rs 20 while for foreign tourists it is Rs 520.