The Agra Fort, also known as the “Lal –Qila”, Fort Rouge and Red Fort of Agra is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal.
It took 4000 workers eight years to build the fort and was completed in 1573. Double ramparts with massive circular bastions encircle the 94-acre fort. Four gates on four sides provide access to the fort. The fort built in red sandstone offers a panoramic view of the Taj Mahal on a clear day, which is settled around 3 km away on the right-bank of river Yamuna. It consists of a wall built in red sandstone and several buildings inside. The wall has 2 gates, the Delhi Gate and the Amar Singh Gate.
Opening hours of Agra Fort:
|Mon ,Tue ,Wed ,Thu ,Fri ,Sat ,Sun||07:00 to 18:00 [ 1st January to 31st December]|
What to see:
Sheesh Mahal – Literally meaning ‘Glass Palace’ it was the royal dressing room adorned by tiny mirror-like glass-mosaic decorations on the walls.
The Diwan-i-Am – Which was used as a communications ground between the public and the aristocracy and once housed the Peacock Throne.
Diwan-i-Khas – A hall of private audience, it was used to welcome kings and dignitaries.
The Anguri Bagh – It houses 85 square, geometrically arranged lush gardens.
Khas Mahal – An immaculate white marble palace.
Mina Masjid – Literally meaning ‘Heavenly Mosque’ it is a tiny mosque closed to the public.
Nagina Masjid – Literally meaning ‘Gem Mosque’ it was designed exclusively for the ladies of the court.
Musamman Burj – A large, octagonal tower with a balcony facing the Taj Mahal.