A morning at Agra Fort

Tripoto
21st Feb 2017
Photo of A morning at Agra Fort 1/3 by Sushant Singhal
Photo of A morning at Agra Fort 2/3 by Sushant Singhal
These bastions at the Amar Singh Gate can give an idea of the scale.
Photo of A morning at Agra Fort 3/3 by Sushant Singhal
Day 1

When I asked 3-wheeler taxi to take me to the Agra fort, he brought me to the Amar Singh Gate - the only entrance available to the tourists these days.

Photo of Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

It was on 21st Feb. 2017 when I fulfilled my desire to visit the historical monument at Agra - the Agra Fort. I reached there early morning. The Amar Singh Gate, where the 3-wheeler dropped me is just opposite a memorial of Chhatrapati Shivaji.

Deep and wide moat to keep the intruders away.

Photo of Amar Singh Gate, Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

As I approached the entrance, the deep and wide moat (the ditch) surrounding the outer walls (approx. 70' high) caught my eye. I suspect that the emperors must have arranged some crocodiles also in the moat to further safeguard their fort in their era.

After passing through several gates, I found myself staring at a beautiful and vast lawn just in front of a majestic building - marked as Jahangir Mahal. It was a great place for selfies, or just for watching the soothing greenery and brilliant flowers. Don't know whether any of the three Moghal emperors - Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjahan got his portrait done at this site or not but today, it happens to be the most popular place among the tourists for photo shoot!

Photo of Jahangir Palace, Agra Fort, Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

Women coming from different parts of the world posing together.

Photo of Jahangir Palace, Agra Fort, Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

When moms are getting themselves photographed, why children should stay behind?

Photo of Jahangir Palace, Agra Fort, Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

When these children saw me aiming my camera towards them, they offered varied expressions! :-)

Photo of Amar Singh Gate, Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

I feel that such inter-racial exposure is necessary and a sure way to make this world a better place to live. This also is the essence of what tourism is all about.

The tablet indicates towards Jahangiri Mahal and Angoori Bagh therein.

Photo of Jahangir Palace, Agra Fort, Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

As I moved towards Jahangiri Mahal (palace of Emperor Jahangir), I came across a large stone bowl protected with an iron grill. Tourists were trying to look into it but its height prevented them to reach at it.

Photo of Jahangir's Hauz, Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

However, my 6' height + camera lifted high enabled me to look into the bowl ! :-D

Photo of Jahangir's Hauz, Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

I don't know if the Emperor Jahangir really bathed in this bowl in the open ground. If seems more logical to assume that this was shifted here as a memento of his earnestness to keep himself cleaned everyday.

These bastions at the Amar Singh Gate can give an idea of the scale.

Photo of Amar Singh Gate, Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

Well, as I moved ahead towards Jahangir Palace, the intricate carvings greeted me everywhere. The artisans of that era knew how to work on different stones - red stone, marble and could embellish the mundane stone into breathtaking pieces of art by employing various techniques - inlay, overlay, engraving, carving, etching, fretwork etc. Kudos to those unnamed artists.

Photo of Jahangir Palace, Agra Fort, Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

One courtyard leads to another and we learn that it is Roshan Ara pavilion, and then it is Jahan Ara pavilion, it is the Emperor's seat where he attended his court (Diwan-e-aam = audience of the masses), Diwan-e-khas (Audience of the council of ministers), Mina Mosque, Nagina Mosque, Moti Mosque and so on. Since I have never been a bright student of History, I care for these palaces for their aesthetic value mainly.

Photo of Roshan Ara Pavilion, Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal
Photo of Roshan Ara Pavilion, Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal
Photo of Jahangir Palace, Agra Fort, Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

This jali (fretwork) creates beautiful patterns of long shadows in this hall but only in the morning.

Photo of Jahangir Palace, Agra Fort, Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

Poetry written on marble by unknown poets who died unrecognized, unhonoured and unsung.

Photo of Jahangir Palace, Agra Fort, Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

Not even a single sq. inch is left where some intricate design is not present.

Photo of Jahangir Palace, Agra Fort, Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

The marble stone is so thin that it has become translucent !! Now light is coming through it.

Photo of Jahangir Palace, Agra Fort, Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

Multi-colored vegetation in well articulated patterns.

Photo of Anguri Bagh, Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

Rectangular courtyard and corridors on 3 sides in front of Takht-e Jahangir

Photo of Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

Yamuna river , the ramparts, moat and the Taj Mahal can be seen from the Takht-e Jahangir

Photo of Takht-E-Jahangir, Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

Taj Mahal in hazy morning as seen from Agra Fort

Photo of Takht-E-Jahangir, Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

An squirrel feeding itself to utter joy of the tourists.

Photo of Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India by Sushant Singhal

Before I conclude here, the squirrels at the Agra fort deserve a special mention here. They are so bold that they jump on the palms of tourists to collect their food. They must have learnt by now that these tourists never hurt them.

Let's go to some other trip soon. Hope you found this trip entertaining and useful for you. Namaste.

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