Best time to visit8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Open hours6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Things to dohistory tours
BudgetIndians- INR 20, Foreigners- INR 300
Best MonthsSeptember - May
Traveller TypesCouples, Families, Friends
Rank2 out of 96 attractions in Agra
This is a beautiful monument which was built by Emperor Akbar in the year 1565. The Red Fort was initially built as an establishment for the army but was later extended and beautified to convert it into a magnificent palace complex. Agra Fort is also known as the Red Fort of Agra as it is completely made of a beautiful red colour sandstone and is also connected to Delhi by a number of networks. There are four prominent gates of this fort but the Amar Darwaza after the name of Maharaja Amar Singh is still used for entry to the fort. Many of the palaces which were earlier built are not found now but among those which still remain are the Jahangiri Mahal, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Moti Masjid, Shaha Burj and Mausam Burj. The Jahangiri Mahal is the most attractive out of all palaces. This was a dedication of Akbar to his beloved wife Jodha Bai. It is a multi divisional palace and is still very attractive. This monument is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Uttar Pradesh.
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Reviews of Agra Fort • 24
The Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city.Construction of the massive Red-Sandstone fort, on the bank of the River Yamuna, was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565. It is known as Red Fort because it is built of a kind of Red Sandstone.
Once you’ve visited the taj, have your breakfast/lunch depending on the time you visit. Then head to Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This fort was built by Mughal ruler Akbar in red sandstone. It served as the royal residence as well as a military strategic base. The fort is well maintained so you will be able to admire the structure. You also get views of the taj from the fort. More info here
Agra Fort: After having our breakfast outside TajMahal we then headed to the Agra Fort. Agra Fort is more than a fort and it transfers you the feelings of a true lover who lost his life gazing at his masterpiece. It was almost noon and we headed towards Mathura. On the way to Mathura we had our lunch. After witnessing a fascinating Mughal architecture now you will get to experience the best of Hindu temple architecture. We had some great time there experiencing the local culture. We left there by 2 and then we entered the expressway. We planned to drive slow and adventure the road side beauty. After a slow drive of 3 hours we reached Delhi by 7 pm.
Next I headed towards Agra Fort . This magnanimous fort still stands erect and firm even after 400 years of its construction and showing 9no sign of ageing . It took me a good one and the half hour to take a tour of this fort . Guides are available , so one can hire them too .
Apart from Taj what we visited was the Old fort or Agra Fort. A huge red coloured fort with gardens, water springs in it that looks exactly the way we see in Movies and TV shows. Upon reaching we were welcomed by a big door that once used elephants for protection. The whole fort is big, big enough for you to spend and enjoy 3-4 hours.After these visits you can stay overnight in Agra. The next morning you can visit the market and streets of Agra if you like. OR you can straight away go back OR you can stay for a few days and can visit other places near by. Its all how you like things to happen.
There are four gates- two of them named as Delhi gates and Lahore Gate. As I entered, one can first notice the Diwan-I Aam where public audience used to seat and witness different performances organized by royal families. On your way to entry, one can spot a large pot which was used by royal kings for bath. It was really fascinating to see the symmetrical archways carved with white marble. As I moved interior, Diwan-I Khas welcomes me where the royal families resides. One can move around the insides of Agra Fort and notice very intricate designs on the walls of the fort. As you move forward, you will find a place with a large courtyard in front. Strolling forward as you will reach the boundaries, you can see the Taj mahal from there. The interesting part is though the whole fort is semi-circular, one can see the Taj mahal from any corner of the fort. Don’t forget to move on the terrace where you will get a more pristine view of the Taj Mahal. With Yamuna flowing and Taj Mahal peeping through the fog, it would create an amazing landscape. It would take around 3-4 hours to witness the whole place.
3. Agra Fort - Must visit too.
We left from taj mahal to agra fort around 3:30pm. It was very close like only 2kms away. We took rickshaw for Rs 30. The rickshaw guy was very helpful and he helped us in buying some memento and Agara famous pethas (sweet) on the way to fort. We took tickets for Rs 40 for Agra fort and went inside (Rs 550 for foreign tourist). Guide is must to visit this place as its rich in history. taj mahal can be seen from fort. We spent one and half hour in fort and left for Agra cannt railway station as our train was at 5:50pm. We took auto for rs. 80 and reached in 20 minutes. Train (gatimaan express) was already in platform. Train left on time and evening snacks were served.
On the way to Agra Fort, I had a glimpse of the beautiful jama masjid. I entered Agra Fort through the Shahjahani Gate which was built during the shahjahan's reign. This fort was used from the period of Akbar to Shahjahan. The fort has a numerous courtyards, towers, private halls and chambers of the mughal architecture.The important ones worth seeing are:1) Jahangir's bath tub2) Jehangiri Mahal3) Khas Mahal4) Diwan-i-Khas5) Diwan-i-AamDon't forget to have a glimpse of the Taj Mahal from Agra Fort.
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We then just had time for a short tour of Agra Fort, which was constructed under the reign of Emperor Akbar and extended under the rule of his grandson Shah Jahan. Originally designed as a military fort, it later served more as a palace, the evidence of which can still be seen today.
After lunch, head for Agra fort! It will take around 2-3 hours to see it in detail. After buying your tickets, enter through the main gate, and you will find the audio guide counter from audiocompass!! Don't go for any 'So called' guide, who will offer you a complete guided visit in Rs. 30.The audio guide is prefect and precise. Just tune in and explore the entire fort!!!
Agra Fort is the oldest railway station of the Mughal town. It connects the city to Jaipur, Ajmer, Bharatpur and towards Lucknow and beyond on the opposite direction. Since we had to board the train to Abu road from Agra For station, we reached there sharp at 10.00 PM. The train originates from the station itself and so we located our seats in B-1 coach and thus boarded the train.
I personally loved this place lot more than Taj Mahal. If one really wants to see how much did the mughal emperors love the beautiful architecture, he/she must visit Agra Fort. Mughal once ruled India from this very place. Agra fort gives us a great view of Taj Mahal standing near Yamuna river. The fort has many beautiful structures build in red stone and white marble, a mosque and places from where the kings carried there governance.
ITS A BEAUTIFUL FORT, RED WALLED
Day 2 - I went early and it wasnt very crowded. I loved the sandstone jali works and carvings at different places inside. Hope I will one day build a house that has jali worked windows! The place is pretty big and still being renovated. The large courtyard inside is paved with stone, and is very calm and serene. Defenitely a a must visit if you havent seen many forts or you dont live in one :P I went on my bike, and luckily paid parking was available right in front of the fort.
Across the Taj, a fort with spacious rooms and grand halls and courts, it will give you an opportunity to view your history lessons that you might have read in your school curriculum. Brush up on them before you visit and you will have double the fun.
This is yet another masterpiece of history is a UNESCO world heritage site.The place where Aunrangzed held Shah jahan captive and where Shah Jahan later died.
Its one of the biggest forts in the country and was the capital of Mughal empire, even if you are not a history buff, just go for the architecture and to witness the sheer magnitude in which the emperors lived.
The earlier capital of the mughals, where Aurangzeb later imprisoned his father Shah Jahan.
The fort is quite similar to the Red Fort of Delhi. The fort was built over generations of Mughal rulers. Shah Jahan was held captive here by his own son, Aurangzeb.
The fort has a rich history and has been a home for the entire Mughal empire as was told by my guide. You'll see separate palaces and enclosures for different kings as well as the painstakingly made servants quarter which will question current standards of living! But the real grandeur of this place is seen in mumtaz's mirror chambers where the lights are reflected through centuries old syrian glass. A sight not to be missed.
There is a long history behind this fort. In terms of architecture , the fort is a delight to explore .Other attractions are the Amar gate which was formerly knows as the Akbar gate before the Britishers changed its name. The main framework was in place since the 11th century but the Mughals are responsible for its present day shape. There is Diwan-e- khas, diwan-e-aam and other sections in the fort which are enough to trigger a persons imagination and wonder how life would have been the bygone era. The fort is also included in the world heritage list for a reason. Need I say more?
Most people go to Agra to see just the Taj Mahal, skipping everything else on offer. The Agra Fort should be at the top of your list if you are planning to be in Agra. It is one of the few locations in India that has an audio guide, but a good local guide is recommended. Some things that I remember vividly are Jahangir's bathtub, the kitchen and Queen Jodha's temple, the Diwan-e-aam, and the Diwan-e-Khas. You can also see the cell where Shah-Jahan was held in captivity, viewing the Taj until his dying day. If you know the Mughal history well, you can relive it in the Agra Fort. If not, you might want to come back and read up all about it. Overall, a must visit.