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5 Facts About Agra Fort That Will Blow Your Mind

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The Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here are some interesting facts about the fort.

5 Facts About Agra Fort That Will Blow Your Mind:

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Day 1. The Agra Fort Was Primarily A Military Structure

The Agra Fort Was Primarily A Military Structuresource: wikimedia.org

The Agra Fort is one of the finest Mughal forts in India, although it’s overshadowed by the Taj; the fort is an imposing red sandstone structure built by Emperor Akbar in 1565. After Akbar’s grandson Shah Jahan came into power he made further additions to the fort using his favourite material - marble, he transformed the military structure into a palace and later it became a gilded prison for Shah Jahan when his son Aurangzeb seized power in 1658.

HolidayIQ Traveller Raghavendra Chandrashekar from Bangalore shares, “Visited Agra Fort the same day as of Taj, since it is very close to Taj Mahal. The fort is impressive but not well maintained. Fort has the belongings of different Mughal Kings as it was the mainstay during their rule in India. Monument is not been well maintained and we could see some of really beautiful carvings in bad shape. You can view Taj Mahal from Agra Fort and the view is good.”

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Day 2. It's Believed Shah Jahan Was Imprisoned In The Agra Fort For 8 Years

It's Believed Shah Jahan Was Imprisoned In The Agra Fort For 8 Yearssource: flickr - Frank Ritchie

Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb for 8 years in the octagonal tower of the Agra fort. It is rumoured that Shah Jahan died in Musamman Burj, a tower with a marble balcony with a view of the Taj Mahal.

HolidayIQ Traveller Naveen Tiwari from Bhubaneswar shares, “It is one of the famous monuments in Agra. Eating is prohibited inside Agra Red Fort, fort is an amazing architecture. I visited the fort after visiting Taj Mahal with my friends. We enjoyed very much, every visitor should visit, it is open from morning to evening. Emperor Shahjahan was imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb here.”

Mid-range stay: The Gateway Hotel

Luxury stay: Radisson Blu Hotel

Day 3. 1,444,000 Workers Took 8 Years To Built This Mammoth Structure

1,444,000 Workers Took 8 Years To Built This Mammoth Structuresource: wikipedia.org

Akbar had it rebuilt with red sandstone. Architects laid the foundation and it was built with bricks in the inner core with sandstone on external surfaces. Some 1,444,000 builders worked on it daily for eight years, completing it in 1573.

HolidayIQ Traveller Ayub Karajgi shares, “It was an awesome sightseeing place for every person. Any person can visit here without any permissions or request. It is a very nice to see the Taj Mahal which was made by Shah Jahan for his wife. I came with my family here to see the India's famous Taj Mahal and its arts and sculpture every please visit here once it is a very nice place overall.”

Mid-range stay: The Gateway Hotel

Luxury stay: Radisson Blu Hotel

Day 4. The Agra Fort Served As A Model For The Red Fort In Delhi

The Agra Fort Served As A Model For The Red Fort In Delhisource: wikimedia.org

Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned construction of the Red Fort in 1638, when he decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi. He took inspiration from the Agra Fort.

HolidayIQ Traveller Rizwanuddin Rafiq from Bhopal shares, “Agra Fort is world heritage site. It was a brick walled fort of Badal Singh in 11th century, and was known Badalgarh. Later Sultan Sikandar Lodhi captured the fort and ruled from here and after him his son Ibrahim Lodhi, who lost to Babur, who stayed in the palace of Ibrahim Lodi, he built a step well. Here Mughal Emperor Humayun was crowned in 1530, and he lost the battle in 1540 with Sher Shah Suri. Abul Fazal one of that period historian quote that the same fort was rebuilt by Emperor Akbar from 1558 to 1573 and later the legacy was extended to a great style by Shah Jahan.”

Mid-range stay: The Gateway Hotel

Luxury stay: Radisson Blu Hotel

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Day 5. The Agra Fort Has A Semicircular Plan. It's Chord Lies Parallel To The Yamuna

The Agra Fort Has A Semicircular Plan. It's Chord Lies Parallel To The Yamunasource: pixabay.com

The 94-acre fort has a semicircular plan, its chord lies parallel to the river and its walls are 70 feet-high. Double ramparts have massive circular bastions at intervals, with battlements, embrasures, machicolations and string courses.

HolidayIQ Traveller Priyamwad Pathak from Alwar shares, “On the way to Taj Mahal, you will find Red Fort, a big and well maintained fort with awesome ancient architecture, many old things you find there that have never seen, better to take a guide for fast visit to both taj and fort, complete your visit before 5 pm, it's closing time. Very good place to visit.”

Mid-range stay: The Gateway Hotel

Luxury stay: Radisson Blu Hotel

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