Agra fort – a walled city

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Agra fort – a walled city

Agra fort is in Agra and Agra is a city. It’s simple.

However, from the moment I stood in front of it’s gate and when I entered into the fort leaving the gate behind, it hit me. I am inside a city, a walled city! Agra fort was a city to me.

My third destination in Agra was Agra fort, after the tomb of Itimad ud Daulah and Metab Bagh. This UNESCO world heritage site is gigantic. I was entering through Lahori gate. The name was given as you can go to Lahore in that direction. The other notable gate which was faced toward Delhi was Delhi gate. That gate is not accessible as part of the fort is used by the Indian Army.

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This fort went through different phases of architectural trauma(and upbringings). The favourite colour of Akbar was red sandstone. He constructed the fort using his favourite colour when he made Agra his capital. Later, when, Shahjahan, his grandson came into the power, he demolished a lot of red architecture. Do you know why? Because his favourite colour was marble white. You will be able to see a mixed of red and marble white when you roam around in the fort.

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I was overwhelmed with the size and beauty of the fort. I walked and walked till my leg started to crumble inside of the fort. The most intriguing part was when I reached to a part of the fort from where you can see the Tajmahal. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built it with all of his passion. But, he was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb and held captive inside the Agra fort. The prisoner Shah Jahan used to sit hours after hours in his room in the Agra fort and watched Tajmahal where his wife was taking rest for the eternity. Shah Jahan died inside the Agra fort and later buried in the Taj just beside his wife.

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Some trivia about Agra Fort:

  • Almost all the great Mughal emperor Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb lived in the Agra fort.
  • There was about 500 buildings inside Agra fort. Some part of it was destroyed by Shah Jahan to build white marbled palaces, some part of it was destroyed by the British. Currently only 30 of them survived.
  • It was the residing place of Koh-i-Noor, the most important diamond in the world.
  • Total size of the fort is 380,000 m2 (94-acre).
  • Shah Jahan was captured in the fort for 8 years.
  • The wall of the fort is 70 feet high.
  • It is only 2.5 kilometres from Taj Mahal and you can see Taj Mahal from here.

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Fuad Omar

Fuad Omar

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