While most tourists visit Agra to revel in the unrivalled charms of the Taj Mahal, the city has surely a lot more to offer. Just meters away from the Taj stands the impressive Agra Fort - stretching some 2.5 km on the legendary banks of the Yamuna River. The fort is a zenith of Mughal architecture and it’s often considered one of the most exquisite structures in India.
The gigantic red-sandstone fort started its construction journey in 1565 when Emperor Akbar laid its foundation stone. In later years, it went through many additions, none as prominent as done by Shah Jahan – the grandson of Akbar - wherein white marble found a way into the materials. Primarily built as a military structure, the fort was later transformed into a palace.
As it’s built in a type of red sandstone, it’s also known as Red Fort. A visit to Agra Fort and its inside lets tourists savor some of architectural gems of Mughal Period including the Pearl Mosque, Diwan-i-Khas, Jahangiri Mahal, Moti Masjid and Diwan-i-Aam. Stretched in a radius of three kms, bordered by a 70-feet tall wall, encompassing four gates – it’s a pure treat to the eyes. Come and savor it!