Agra Fort – enjoying my visit post factum

I don’t think I did the Agra Fort justice when I visited it years ago. These days, when I visit a historical monument or a natural beauty spot, everything else ceases to exist – it’s only me and the place. At that time I was still battling the culture shock and sensory overload, so many details skipped my attention. It’s only now, looking through the photos of my journey to Agra, I can truly appreciate this marvel of the Mughal architecture. Needless to say, I would gladly make a second trip (if there is a way to skip a tedious bus journey from Delhi to Agra 🙂

The Agra Fort was the main residence of the Mughal rulers until they shifted to the Red Fort in Delhi in  the first half of the 17th century. The fort is massive and it’s actually a whole red walled city, so one can easily spend a few hours there, exploring the structures ad different lookout points. The site comprises many palaces (Khas Mahal and Jahangir Palace to name a couple), two exquisite mosques, audience halls ( Diwan-i-Khas and Diwan-i-Am) and other buildings. Some of them are made of white marble with graceful, elaborate carvings. The fine details within the fort are a thing to explore.

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The outer wall

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The courtyard

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My husband and me once upon a time.

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Intricate carvings and floral motifs – Mughal architecture at its best

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Decorations on the ceiling

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Marble fountain on the floor

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Muasamman Burj, a tower with a marble balcony, where Shah Jahan supposedly died. Can you see the Taj Mahal in the distance.

Taj Mahal, view from the Agra Fort

I decided to leave the picture as it is – without any filters or further editing. It’s exactly how I saw the Taj. Was the air misty? Dusty? Smoggy?

Also read: Once upon a Taj, or 10 tips for visiting the Taj Mahal

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One more picture before bidding good bye.

Have you been to the Agra fort? Would you visit?

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  1. Good article on tour. You know, only Mugal King Akbar and his son ruled form Agra fort. And they are only 2 Mugal Ruler who’s ruled till there last day.
    Akbar’s father and his grandfather, both died unatural death(they ruled from delhi) and Akbar grandson Shajhan and his all successor not ruled peacefully. they also shifted capital delhi from agra.

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