Agra Red Fort
Agra Fort is a historical fort in the city of Agra in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty till 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. The Agra fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city.
Architecture of Agra Red Fort
Bricks formed the base of Agra Fort’s structure. Red sandstone was brought all the way from Rajasthan and that was laid on the external surfaces. Back then, the entire fort was built using the red sandstone. This appearance of the fort underwent a major change during the reign of Shah Jahan. Unlike his grandfather, Shah Jahan was smitten by the beauty of white marble. Hence, he destroyed many structures within the fort, only to rebuild them using white marble. Shah Jahan was made to spend his final days in the Musamman Burj of the Agra fort, which was built by him.The Musamman Burj is located on the left of the Khaas Mahal. It is a beautiful octagonal tower with an open pavilion. It is said that Shah Jahan used to view the Taj Mahal from this very place.
Best Time to Visit Agra Red Fort
The fort is open from 6 in the morning to 6:30 in the evening. The fort is best visited during morning or early evening to get a great panoramic view of the city with Taj Mahal. From one of the towers of the fort, one can get a good view of the wonder. It is said that Shah Jahan spent his last 8 years of life in the tower watching Taj Mahal. The fort is open throughout the week. People choose winter for its pleasing climate.