It took 95 years to complete the Agra Fort.
It was built in phases by different Mughal Emperors. The construction was commenced by Akbar and finished by Aurangzeb. Most of the Fort is built in Red Sandstone. However, some buildings in the palace are constructed in white marble. It was Emperor Shah Jahan who was personally fond of construction in white marble. Later, he built the Taj Mahal to as a token of love for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Agra Fort houses mosques, gardens, courts, a prison and even a market known as ‘Meena Baazar’ (for the Queen and her ladies in waiting). However, most of the Fort is not open to public visits as it is occupied by the Indian Army.
Agra Fort is worth a visit if you want to learn more about Mughal History, family drama and style of architecture. The most beautiful part of Agra Fort is Shah Jahan’s prison, where he spent the last few years of his life. Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb, who is notorious for executing all his opponents (including his siblings) in pursuit of the Mughal throne.
Duration of Visit – A guided tour costs about 1.5 Hours
Entry Price – INR 40/- for Indians, INR 550/- For Non-Indians
How to Get There – Easily accessible on foot or by Autorickshaw, Ola, Taxi or Cycle Rickshaw.
Timings – Sunrise to Sunset
Website – https://www.agrafort.gov.in
I hope this photo blog on Agra Fort inspires you to explore Agra besides the Taj Mahal. All the pictures are taken by me. 🙂
Copyright – Ila Tyagi.