Largest Forts and palaces was considered as a symbol of bravery and courage in Mughal era, “Agra fort” is glorious gift of that era. Agra fort is in one of the main attractions of Agra city.
History of Agra Fort :
Agra fort is also known by different names as Red fort, Fort-e-Akbari.
Everyone can estimate the power and strength of the Mughal Empire by looking at the the expansion of the fort. After Akbar’s rule , his grandson Shah Jahan built the fort buildings from white marble. Visitors reach Diwan-e-aam first after after entering the fort with seventy feet high walls, towers and massive doors. Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, angoori bagh, Khas Mahal, Mina Masjid, Nagina Masjid, Agra Fort Musamman burj counts in excellent buildings of agra fort.
Akbar’s court historian Abu Fazl has mentioned in his book “Ain-i-Akbari” that Agra fort is located at same place today , there was used to be an old pathan fort and place was called “Badalgarh”.
Built by Akbar and recycles by Shah Jahan, Agra fort was completed in 1573 and more than 1.4 million workers has worked for nearly 8 years.
How to reach Agra Fort
You can reach agra by Air route, railway route as well as road also.
Air Route :
Agra Airport aka Kheria Air Force Station is located 7 Km away from the city center and Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is the nearest International Airport.
Railway Route :
Tourists can also reach agra through Railway route . The main railway station is Agra Cantt and you can also descend on Raja Ki Mandi or Agra Fort Station.
Road Route :
Yamuna Expressway is the easy and accessible road way to reach agra. Agra has direct bus services from various main cities like Jaipur, Mathura, Delhi.
Entry fees for Agra Fort :
There is nominal fees for visiting inside the Agra Fort.
Entry Fees for Indians : Rs. 20
Entry Fees for foriegners : Rs. 300
Entry is free for childrens below 15 years of age.
Other main attractions of Agra :
Tourists loves to visit Taj Mahal at sunrise, sunset and in moon light which is the main attraction for tourist in agra. You can also see the Taj Mahal at Sunset from Mehtabh Bhag on other side of Yamuna river.
Taj Mahal- the symbol of love and Mughal rule and also one of the seven wonders of the world has played an important role in recongnition of the Agra city.
Many foreigners and tourists used to visit Taj Mahal every year.
Glimpse of Mughal empire , rich history and steps towards modernity appears in Agra.
Making of Persian style square gardens in Agra came to start with the beginning of reign of founder of the Mughal dynasty “Babar”. Mughal Emperor “Akbar” built Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri here. “Jahangir” decorated the Agra city with building many palaces and gardens. But Emperor Shah Jahan by gifting the sign of love “Taj Mahal” taken the beauty of city to peak.
You can see the different colors of the city with the taste of mughlai food and famous panchi petha of agra, crowd at the food stalls in streets of Sadar market.