Agra Fort is the second most visited and popular monument in India after the Taj Mahal. It is believed that the Fort used to be the residence of Mughals and it was built by them as a Royal Residence. Also known as “Badalgarh Fort”, this amazing structure was one of the first monuments of India declared as the world’s heritage sites by UNESCO.
Here we have put together an ultimate travel guide that every tourist should see before visiting Agra Fort.
1. Agra Fort History.
Agra Fort was built in the 16th century by famous Mughal Emperor ‘Akbar’. However, the fort existed from the 11th century in many historical documents. When the emperor Akbar decided to shift his capital from Delhi to Agra, the fort had gone under many battles and wars.
At that time the Fort was in very bad condition and Emperor Akbar decided to rebuild the fort. He started to rebuild the fort in 1565 and this time he builds it entirely from red sandstones.
Later then Akbar’s grandson Shah Jahan made some changes in the fort during his reign from 1628 to 1658. Furtherly, Shah Jahan’s son Aurangzeb expanded the fort by making a big outer wall with a deep moat around the fort.
After the reign of Aurangzeb, Marathas took their control over the Fort and seized the fort. Later than the other Kings of the region fought with Marathas for the next hundred years, until the British took control of the Fort.
After the independence of India in 1947, the fort was handed to the Indian government and now the Indian army uses the most of the fort.
2. What to See in Agra Fort.
Agra fort is the finest example of ancient Islamic and Hindu architecture styles with Gujarati and Bengali style architectures inside the fort. Most of the architectural styles do not exist as Shah Jahan demolished the fort to make his own creations of white marble.
There are two gates in the Fort: Lahore Gate and Delhi Gate and tourists can access the fort via Lahore Gate.
Delhi Gate is a royal entry gate but it is now controlled by the Indian army. Decorated with shiny white marbles, however, it is not open for tourists.
The main attraction to see in Agra Fort is Jahangir Palace which was built by the emperor Akbar that still exists in the fort.
Another beautiful attraction is Khas Mahal where Shah Jahan used to live with his wife Mumtaj Mahal. This amazing structure is a great combination of Persian and Islamic architecture styles. The walls of this Mahal are designed with precious gems and floral inlay work.
Next up, you will see an Octagonal shaped tower called Musamman Burj. This is a fancy jail where Shah Jahan was imprisoned until his death by his own son Aurangazeb.
Right next to this tower, you will see a wooden hall called the Diwan-e-Khas. This hall was constructed with the finest inlay and Persian artwork.
Best Time to Visit Agra Fort.
By the way, there is no preferred time to visit this stunning beauty throughout the whole year but most of the tourists prefer winters due to its pleasing climate conditions. The fort is open for tourists from sunrise to sunset and during the peak season, it is always crowded with thousands of tourists.
1. Agra Fort Tickets.
There is a small ticket counter near the entry gate of the fort. You can also book your tickets through the online ticket portal of Agra Fort. The cost for tickets are as follows:
- For Indians – INR 40
- For Foreigners – INR 550
- There are no charges for children below the age of 15
You can also hire an audio guide right next to the ticket counter. The charges for guides are variable according to season. It would take at least two hours to explore the entire fort so it would be great for foreign tourists to go with the audio guides.
- Cost of Audio Guides for Indians – INR 70
- Coast for Foreigners – INR 200
How to Reach Agra Fort.
Agra is connected to many popular cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Khajuraho by many rail and road transport. Agra has its own Domestic Airport called Agra Civil Enclave which is located a few kilometers away from the main city. Here are some ways you can reach the Fort:
1. By Air.
As we have mentioned above, Agra has its own domestic airport which connected to many cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Lucknow, Gwalior and many national and international flights arrive and depart from these city airports.
2. By Train.
There are 3 Railway stations in Agra called Agra Cantt, Agra Fort, and Raja Ki Mandi which are linked to all major and popular cities of India. Many superfast, premium and express trains pass through these stations. After arriving at these stations, you can book a cab or taxi to reach the Fort.
3. By Road
Agra is also linked to some major cities of India via road. Tourists from different cities can book their personal cabs or public buses to reach Agra by road. There are four major bus stands in Agra from where you can easily book a taxi or cab to reach the fort:
- Inter-State Bus Terminal
- Taj Depot
- Fort Depot
- Idgah Bus Stand
So this our best travel guide for Agra Fort that every local and foreign tourist should see before visiting this stunning fort. If you want to know more about Agra Fort then see these amazing Facts of Agra Fort which are still unknown by many foreign and local tourists of India. Also, drop a comment in the comment section below if you liked this ultimate guide of Agra Fort.