The next morning after having our breakfast we checked out of our hotel and reached Agra fort, just 2.5 kms away from Taj Mahal. One can easily visit both Taj Mahal and Agra fort in one day, but we decided to go slow, as we had enough time and were determined to treat our taste buds too.
Agra fort is a symbol of power, strength and resilience. It was built by Mughal emperor Akbar. For your knowledge sake I must tell you that this was the main residence of the emperor of Mughal dynasty till 1638, when the capital was shifted to Delhi from Agra. The entire fort covers an area around 94 acres, but only a portion is open for public. Agra fort has four gates for entrance, the one open for public is the Amar Singh gate. You can buy your entry tickets from the window here and get a guide if you want. Also clock rooms are available here at a very minimal rate, so you can easily leave your baggage and explore freely.As we entered the fort I was astonished of the fact that Agra fort is still in such a good condition even after being such an old structure. The details in the red sandstone completely surprised me as well.
One of the most impressive place in Agra fort is Musamman Burj. It was built by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. From the Musamman Burj, the view of Taj Mahal is spectacular. While it is believed that during last few years of his life, Shah Jahan was imprisoned here by his son, Aurangzeb, and forced to look at his greatest creation, the Taj Mahal, until he died.
Agra fort has many secret subterranean apartments and edifice. It is said that the entire fort is interconnected through tunnels and numerous underground pathways.
View of the city from top is amazing.
After some lunch at the local street shops we headed to Kalakriti.
If you are also interested in Indian art and culture, and enjoy theatre then you can book a show at Kalakriti convention center, where a team of talented artists will mesmerise you with their scintillating live performances of Indian dance and theatre. The entry is going to cost you around INR 1500-3000, but is definitely worth a visit. The timings are 11:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. If you are not familiar to Hindi then you need not to worry, they provide headsets too and you can choose from 10 different languages and enjoy the show.
It was evening by the time we finished our Kalakriti show. We straight headed to Panchi petha shop to sooth our taste buds with some agra's famous petha and dalmoth. Got them packed for home too. Had an early dinner at Mama chicken with some nimbu shikanji and bhunta from the street shops. And left to Agra Railway station.
Where to eat in Agra
Apart from its monuments the city has some exciting stuff for the foodies too, including Panchhi Petha. Petha is a famous sweet of Agra, made from the ash gourd vegetable. But beware of the fake panchi shops every now and there. Also you must head to Deviram sweets for your breakfast. You will find amazing bedhai kachoris with spicy aloo sabzi and curd. And don’t forget to try their dahi-jalebi combination and Gajar ka halwa. For your chicken cravings you can try mama’s chicken. There is a whole street to it. While if you wish to dine along side the legendary Taj Mahal, do visits The Oberoi Amarvillas. The taste here is to die for. You can also try some Dalmoth and Gazak of Agra. The best dalmoth can be found in panchi petha and baluganj. Dahi Bhalla in Sadar Bazar is also must try if you love chat. You can also try Mughlai food.