Agra: The Red Fort

If one talks about the most famous cities of India then Agra will certainly take the top spot, at least from the perspective of tourism. Individually, we both had been to Agra earlier in our lives but this was the first time we visited the city together and what better occasion to visit it than to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.

We made the drive from Kanpur (our hometown) to Agra a day before our anniversary and reached our destination in about four hours. Our stay of two nights was pre-booked at ITC Mughal. The grand hotel was a tourist spot in itself which is evident from some of the photos below. On both nights of our stay, we spent considerable time walking around the vast grounds of the hotel and marvelling at the upkeep.

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ITC Mughal
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The pool area at ITC Mughal

AGRA FORT

After resting for a bit, we started our exploration of the city with the symbol of Mughal Power – the Agra Fort. The massive fort was initially built by Emperor Akbar with significant modifications made by his grandson Shah Jahan later on. To escape the clutches of guides we had already installed an app on our phones which guided us through the entire complex.

As we made our way through the fort we first came across beautiful red sandstone palaces and other structures from Akbar’s era which then gave way to intricate and stunning white marble buildings constructed by Shah Jahan. Many of these marble buildings were decorated with the Pietra Dura stone inlay work. One of these buildings was the famous Muasamman Burj where Shah Jahan is said to have spent his last days looking at Taj Mahal and remembering his wife after being imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb.

Instead of writing anything more, we will let pictures describe the impressive fort and its gorgeous buildings.

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The Agra Fort with its red sandstone walls and lofty bastions
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One of the four gates of the fort – the Amar Singh Gate
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The Jehangiri Mahal built by Akbar for his son Jehangir
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The front facade of Jehangiri Mahal 
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Carvings on the exterior walls of Jehangiri Mahal 
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Intricately carved pillars inside the Jehangiri Mahal
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Interiors of the Jehangiri Mahal
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Shah Jahani Mahal – Shah Jahan’s first attempt at modification of the red sandstone palace
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Shah Jahani Mahal
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One of the rooms inside the Jehangiri Mahal 
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One of the two Golden Pavilions. These pavilions are inspired from the roofs of Bengal huts.
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Khas Mahal – known for its ornamented interiors
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Musamman Burj – an octagonal tower which is open at five sides
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Interiors of Musamman Burj
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Pietra Dura work in Musamman Burj
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Musamman Burj is where Shah Jahan spent the last eight years of his life under house arrest
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Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) was used for receiving kings and dignitaries
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Intricate jaalis of the Diwan-i-Khas
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Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience) – place where the emperor would meet the public and hear their grievances
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The assembly place for ministers inside Diwan-i-Am 
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The area which housed the Peacock Throne inside Diwan-i-Am 

After exploring the fort for around four hours (it was almost closing time) we decided to have an early dinner. A quick search on Zomato brought us to Pinch of Spice which was just across the street from our hotel. Highly recommended for its Mughlai food, we were so pleased with the food that we visited it again the next evening.

 

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