Agra Fort, Agra

Agra Fort, Agra (must see)

Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra about 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city. The 94-acre (380,000 m2) fort has a semicircular plan, its chord lies parallel to the river and its walls are seventy feet high. Double ramparts have massive circular bastions at intervals, with battlements, embrasures, machicolations and string courses. Four gates were provided on its four sides, one Khizri gate opening on to the river. Two of the fort's gates are notable: the "Delhi Gate" and the "Lahore Gate", also known as the "Amar Singh Gate". Because the Indian military (the Parachute Brigade in particular) is still using the northern portion of the Agra Fort, the Delhi Gate cannot be used by the public. Tourists enter via the Amar Singh Gate.

Under Akbar's reign, 1,444,000 builders worked on the fort for eight years, completing it in 1573. The site is very important in terms of architectural history, as some of the most historically interesting mixings of Hindu and Islamic architecture are found here. Agra Fort is one of five wonders for the Indian civilization.

Why You Should Visit:
If you are visiting Taj Mahal, a visit to Agra Fort is complimentary. What a place! It makes Windsor Castle look small.
It's also nowhere near as busy as the Taj and there's more shade so much more pleasant to explore.

Take a good guide (the ones inside the fort are nicer/cheaper), and take your time to see and understand in deep all you can get from it.
There's lots of walking, however, so bring good walking shoes, hat, drinking water, and a camera.
Consider going early to avoid most of the crowds.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Agra Fort on Map

Sight Name: Agra Fort
Sight Location: Agra, India (See walking tours in Agra)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Agra, India

Create Your Own Walk in Agra

Create Your Own Walk in Agra

Creating your own self-guided walk in Agra is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Taj Mahal Walking Tour

Taj Mahal Walking Tour

Agra is most known for containing one of the seven wonders of the modern world - the Taj Mahal. This finest example of Mughal architecture attracts thousands of tourists and visitors, who admire its magnificence and beauty. Take the following tour to see the marvelous attractions in the Taj area!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles
Agra Introduction Walking Tour

Agra Introduction Walking Tour

Agra, the former capital of India under the powerful Mughal emperors, today is perhaps India's most popular tourist destination, in large part due to the magnificent Taj Mahal located here. Still, other than the iconic mausoleum, Agra is renowned for its colossal historic heritage manifested in numerous sites. To find out what else the city has to offer, take this orientation walk!

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 Km or 3.9 Miles