Visiting Taj mahal was always in my bucket list. So planning this trip to Agra was so exciting to me. We booked our train tickets a week ahead as train is the most popular way of getting to Agra from Delhi. We boarded the train at 7 am and within 3 hours we were in Agra. We wanted to visit Taj mahal the next day at sun rise to make the maximum out of our tour, so we planned to visit the Agra fort and BabyTaj on day 1.
Agra fort is a famous historical fort in the city of Agra. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. Agra fort was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty until the capital was shifted to Delhi. It was built by King Akbar. We obtained services of a guidewhen buying our tickets at the counter. We wanted to learn more about the history of this majestic fort which boasts the magnificence of the Mughal Empire. It was built of sand stone enclosed by high walls that are about 2.5km long. Some people call it the red fort as it is built mainly of red sand stone. But the actual Red fort is in Delhi which was built by Emperor Shah Jahan.
The Agra fort is a stunning empire which is crescent shape. It is bordered by the Yamuna River from one side. There are many palaces, halls, elegant mosques and royal pavilions inside the fort. We were mesmerized by the work of art as our guide explained the significance of each structure. Agra fort is a symbol of power and resilience. Although there had been many treasures like gold plates, gems and diamonds embedded into the walls, unfortunately they are no more. Apparently these treasures were lost during the British rule. Although King Akbar built the Agra fort with red sand stone, his grandson Shah Jahan rebuilt palaces and mosques using white marble, his favorite.
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