Agra Red Fort Overview

Ranked 2 of 118 sightseeing in Agra

Agra Red Fort, located 2.2 km north-west of Taj Mahal, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sprawling over an area of 380,000 sq m, the fortress is situated on the right bank of River Yamuna.

This fort was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar, after he defeated the Afghans at Panipat in 1556. Originally, this fort was held by the Hindu Sikarwar and subsequently, by Ibrahim Lodi, Babur, Humayun and Sher Shah.

The fort was in bad shape when Akbar rebuilt it using red sandstone, which was brought from the Barauli area in Rajasthan. The renovation was completed in 1573, after eight years of hard work of 1,444,000 labours.

The fort is often referred to as walled city, as seventy feet high walls surround it on all sides. Out of the four gates provided on its four sides, Delhi Gate and Lahore Gate are the most notable.

Delhi Gate, which lies on the western side of the fort, was the grandest entrance. It leads to the inner gateway, the Hathi Pol or Elephant Gate, which is guarded by two life-size stone elephants.

Presently, Amar Singh Gate is the only gateway leading to the fort. There are numerous palaces within this fort, like the Khas Mahal, Shish Mahal and octagonal tower of Musamman Burj.

Tourists visiting the fort can see reception rooms like Diwan-i-Khas and Diwan-i-Am, which were built in 1637 and 1628, respectively. Moti Masjid or the Pearl Mosque and Nagina Masjid are also housed with the fort. Moti Masjid was constructed between 1646 and 1653 by Shah Jahan, while the Nagina Masjid was built during the reign of Aurangzeb.

Emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb in this fort. It is believed that Shah Jahan took his last breath in Musamman Burj, which is a tower with a marble balcony, from where the Taj Mahal can be seen. The fort has been the site of the Indian rebellion of 1857, which led to the end of the British East India Company's rule in India.

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13th Jul 17

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13th Mar 17

Grate place for group or family

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20th Feb 17

Excellent to visit

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15th Jan 17

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19th Oct 19

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26th Jan 17

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Abhinav Kumar

Abhinav Kumar4.3/5

276 reviews

Agra Fort

The fort was built when the Maugham emperor shifted the Capital to Agra. The Fort is well maintained and the flower garden inside the premise is adorable. During the ?? Day it remains crowded. The view of Taj and river Yamuna gives pleasure to your eyes.
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Ashish Sehgal

Ashish Sehgal4.3/5

120 reviews

Massive fort with elegant architecture

What a great monument is the Agra Red Fort. The structure is massive and has been built with elegant architecture. One should definitely visit this fort as well when one visits TAJ MAHAL. This structure gives you a glimpse of the way forts are constructed and built in ancient times.

Rajeev jha

Rajeev jha5.0/5

4 reviews

Majestic & Strategic Historical Monument

Best viewed with a guide.Interesting stories of the royal Maugham family ...An exemplary work of Science with Art and Politics .Amazing techniques and tacts of the bygone era !!Gardens and architecture strong & graceful.
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  • Majestic & Strategic Historical Monument

Mansoor Alam

Mansoor Alam4.3/5

17 reviews

Very good fort

Visited red fort. Nothing to see extra, like all other forts built by mughals, same architecture, same pattern but when you go Agra and have enough time them must visit red fort Agra.

Digvijay Sharma

Digvijay Sharma5.0/5

69 reviews

The red fort of Agra

Red fort of Agra was ruled by many but was famous for the name of mughals emperor's. Built in an area of 2. 5 km square and located on the banks of Yamuna. Taj Mahala is near by this fort and is visible from the fort.
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Chirag Jain

Chirag Jain5.0/5

16 reviews

Another Monument with Great History

Agra Fort is having very great history and can only see be felt when you visit this place with a guide. There are various things in the place that has its own importance. There are angles in which you can see the Taj Mahala directly but there are illusions as well. The architecture is great with the phrase "Deewaro k bhi Kaan hote h" can be seen here.

Tasmiya Banu

Tasmiya Banu3.9/5

4 reviews

Red Fort - Magnificent Fort of Maugham era

After Tajmahal, this a must visit when in Agra. Do hire a guide and hey will guide you to each and every place with its beautiful historic stories. You can view taj Mahala from this fort, do carry camcorder or camera to get the view. It is well maintained with lush green gardens around. There is too much walk around and explore and is worth it because it will give you an amazing experience.

Santanu Deo

Santanu Deo4.3/5

15 reviews


Marvellous piece of history. It's well maintained and clean lawns. Grand Fort. The beauty of the palace is enhanced by pearls on the Red sandstone work. The guide also helped to understand the history of the palace. Although guides at the fort bargain a lot with tourists.

Umang Kardani

Umang Kardani5.0/5

37 reviews

Majestic place

It really reminds me of the Jodha Akbar movie and their grand scene and I was lit rally looking for the places which was seen in movie. There is a place from where there is beautiful view of Taj from river side and that's very good view.

Nur alam

Nur alam5.0/5

10 reviews

The fort of love

The stone and other materials tell us the history. We spent a lot of time here our guide told everything nicely. I did not forget his expression. Even our children could understand the long chapter of history in short time
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