One of the popular tourist attractions in Agra, the Agra Fort is located in the city of Agra and is close to the gardens of the Taj Mahal. It is listed among the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This magnificent fort was the prominent dwelling place when Agra was made the capital of the Mughal Empire by Emperor Akbar.
The construction work of the Agra Fort in Agra started in the year 1156 and was finally finished in the year of 1605. This huge fort is spread over an area of around 2.5 kilometers. Made of red sandstone, the fort is situated on the banks of River Yamuna. The grand architecture of the fort will simply leave you awestruck. Constructed in a semi circle plane, the fort consists of massive walls that rise up to a height of 70 feet. There are also massive bastions which are located all over the structure of the fort.
There are more than 500 buildings inside the Agra Fort, Agra. The buildings and monuments are fine specimens of the Mughal and Persian style of architecture. Some of the buildings also have style and designs of the states of Gujarat and Bengal. There are also plenty of Hindu and Islamic architectural designs. Some of the well known sites within the Agra Fort are:
- Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience)
- Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience)
- Anguri Bagh
- Khas Mahal
- Pearl Mosque
- Naubat Khana (Drum House)
- Golden Pavilions
- Jahangiri Mahal
Agra Fort is easily accessible. The main city center is just 30 minutes from the fort. Regular bus, car and trekker services are available from the city center to the fort. There is a moderate entry fee to the fort.