Whenever I think about Agra, the image of the lovely Taj Mahal is the first one that comes to my mind. Even though this monument is the symbol of the entire city, Agra has a lot more to offer when it comes to beautiful tourist attractions.
The Agra Fort is a proper example in this regard. Built by the Mogul Emperor Akbar in the 16th century as a military strategic point, the fort served as the seat of the government and the royal residence of the Mogul Dynasty.
It is said that over 4000 people have been working hard for almost 8 years, in order to complete the construction of this massive fort. Built in a semicircular shape and covering an area of about 2.5 kilometers, the Agra Fort is surrounded by double battlement massive walls.
The red sandstone walls of the fort hide Shah Jahan’s sad story. According to the legend the founder of the Taj Mahal died in one of the towers of this fort, while he was looking at his masterpiece. Shan Jahan was imprisoned in the Agra Fort by his son and because the fort was situated opposite the Taj Mahal, on the other bank of the Yamuna River, he had the privilege of admiring his masterpiece every day.
Nowadays, the Agra Fort shelters a few impressive palaces, mosques, halls and gardens made of red sandstone and white marble. The entire fort hides secret subterranean chambers, which are interconnected.
Exploring the lovely Agra Fort will definitely be an interesting experience. You don’t have to take my words for granted, but you can look at the following pictures.