Agra Fort, Agra is a major tourist attraction in North India. The northern half of India, has a lot of tourist attractions to offer tourists and visitors. Thousands flock to this region from all over the country, as well as from all over the world to the great sightseeing options like the palaces of Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal, and the forts like the Red Fort in New Delhi, and the Red Fort in Agra.
The famous Golden Triangle Tours that cover the most important sight seeing options in the northern half of the country. These tours cover the northern points of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Therefore, the name Golden Triangle.
The Agra Fort, Agra is a massive fort built out of red sandstone, and bricks. It is located at a stone's throw away from the Taj Mahal. It is about two and a half kilometers away from the Taj Mahal. Both the buildings stand on the banks of the holy river Yamuna. The Agra Fort, Agra is to the north west of the Taj Mahal.
The Agra Fort, Agra was constructed by the Mughal rulers in the period spanning 1565 to 1571. The foundation of the Agra Fort, Agra was laid by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The Mughal Emperor Akbar was one of the most broadminded of the Mughal rulers. He regarded India not just as a conquered domain, but as his home. In fact the Saint Peter's complex (one of the oldest, and one of the most reputed educational institutions in the region) has a church that was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, himself, for one of his wives who was a Christian.
The Agra Fort was completed by the year 1571, the reign of Shah Jehan, Akbar's grandson. The Taj Mahal was also built by Shah Jehan in the memory of his beloved wife.
The wall of the Agra Fort that faces the river is a straight continuous wall. The walls of the fort are colossal to say the least. The fort is a double walled structure, and rise to a height of about seventy feet from the ground. The walls of the fort are about two and a half kilometers in circumference. The structure of the fort is surrounded by a moat, as a defense tactic. The over all structure of the Agra Fort resembles that of a crescent.
The Agra Fort has number of beautiful mosques, and palaces. The Agra Fort resembles a walled city. The main elements of construction are red sandstone and white marble. There are two major entrances to the fort, the Amar Singh Gate and the Delhi Gate. However, now tourists can access the fort only through the Amar Singh Gate. The entrance through the Delhi Gate was the more magnificent of the two.
The notable structures inside the Agra Fort are the Musamman Burj, the Jahangiri Mahal, the Khas Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal, the Diwan-i- Khas, the Hammam-i-Shah, the Machhi Bhavan, the Moti Masjid, the Nagina Masjid, and the Diwan-i-Aam, to mention just a few.
The Kheria Airport in Agra is connected to the New Delhi airport. Agra is well connected by bus, and rail to New Delhi. There are also numerous car rentals, and coach rentals plying between New Delhi and Agra. Agra has a fair share of luxury and budget hotels, and so accommodation is not a problem, either.
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