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Red Fort of Agra:The Magnum Opus of Mughal Era

15-FEB-2016 13:29

    Agra Fort, also known as “Laal Quila”, is located in Agra, India. It is tagged as world heritage site by UNESCO in 1983. The fort is about 2.5 kilometers far from the Taj Mahal. It was designed and built by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year 1565 A.D . Agra was the capital of India in the ancient times. This glorious fort is built alongside Yamuna River. The 380,000 m2 (94-acre) fort has a semicircular plan. It has four gates, two of the fort's gates are notable: the "Delhi Gate" and the "Lahore Gate."

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    What is the history of Agra fort?

    This 380,000 m2 (94-acre) red sandstone fort was built on the banks of the Yamuna River in 1565 by the Great Mughal emperor Akbar. Further construction work made by his successors; Shah Jahan built the impressive imperial quarters and mosque, while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. The fort was built primarily as a military structure, but Shah Jahan converted it into a palace, and later it became prison for eight years after his son Aurangzeb seized power in 1658. . It is tagged as world heritage site by UNESCO in 1983.

    Who constructed the Agra Fort?

    It was constructed by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565.

    When was Agra Fort built?

    Agra Fort was built in 1565 on the banks of the Yamuna River.

    Why was Agra Fort built?

    Agra Fort was built by Akbar primarily as a military structure, but Aurangzeb used it to prison his father Shah Jahan for 8 years when he seized power in 1658.

    How to get to and from Agra Fort?

    If you’re coming from Delhi by train, get off at Agra Fort station which is right in front of the fort. Alternatively, you can hire a private car with chauffeur from Delhi or Agra for the day to take you to the sites.

    What is the timing of Agra Fort?

    Agra Fort is open daily from 6 am to 6 pm.

    How much is the Entrance Fee of Agra Fort?

    The entrance fee for Agra Fort is Rs 20 for Indians and Rs 300 for foreigners. There are no extra charges for carrying a still or video camera inside Agra Fort.


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