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agra fort

Agra Fort is a historical fort situated in the city of Agra in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

History

The construction of the Agra Fort began during the rule of the Mughal dynastyby the third Mughal emperor Akbar. In 1565 the initial structures were built Akbar, and in the lateryears taken over by his grandson Shah Jahan, who added numerous marble elements to the fort.

It had been the main residence of the Mughal emperors until 1638, when the capital of the Mughal empire was shifted from Agra to Delhi. Before capture by the British, the last Indian rulers to have occupied it were the Marathas.

Architecture

Agra Fort ismade using red sandstone and marble, due to which the building is completely red in colourand is built in classic Mughal style architecture.

The fort has four gates –

There are numerous splendid rooms andhalls inside this fort. While there were many more when it was built and was being used by the Mughals, only some of them have stood the test of time. These include - a public hall (Diwan-i-Am) and private hall (Diwan-i-Khas), mosque and prayer chambers, royal baths, a mirror palace (Sheesh Mahal), and courtrooms, among others.

Additional Information for Visitors

Agra Fort is open to visitors between 6 AM and 6PM every day, on all days of the week.

An entry fee of INR 35 per head is applicable for every Indian national (adult) visitor to this place, and for foreigners (adult), the entrance fee applicable is INR 550 per head.

Agrais well connected to cities across India as well as other parts of the world. The city can be reached by air, rail or road.