After my visit to Taj Mahal, I went back to the hotel and had my lunch. I spent some time in the room and then decided to visit Agra Fort, Agra, which was also located close to the hotel I stay. Being a history lover I was looking forward to seeing the place, which has many stories to tell about the past. I took a cab to reach the place and soon I was there looking at the massive red structure. I reached there at 4 in the evening and saw that there was a crowd of visitors waiting to get inside.
The fort was built by Akbar between 1565 and 1573, and it is made of red sand stone. Taj Mahal is about 3 km from the fort and you get a view of the Taj Mahal from the fort on a clear sunny day. Agra Fort, along Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Built on the banks of the River Yamuna, the fort is open for the public on all days of the week from 7 am to 6 pm. I saw a lot of visitors waiting to get inside and I too joined the group. They charged an entry fee of Rs.20 per person. A guide accompanied us offering to take us around and explaining the significance of all the places.
The fort is surrounded by a wall which is 70 foot high and there are four gates to enter the fort. Inside the walls you see a number of palaces, mosques and many other architectural works of the Mughal period.
The Agra Fort has a number of beautiful buildings inside it like the Moti Masjid, Diwan-i-Am, Shahjahani Mahal, Jahangiri Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Khaas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Musamman Burj. After getting out I went to one of the restaurants that sold local food and had my fill. The visit to Agra Fort, Agra allowed me to learn about the culture of the Mughals and their architecture. The grandeur and beauty of the fort is still fresh in my memory.