After visiting the Jama masjid we decided to go for a visit to the Agra Fort. This fort is also commonly called as Lal- Quila and is a symbol of strength and power of the Mughal dynasty. Though marked by fortifications and invasions the fort stands in its full glory even today. Originally it was a brick fortress but later Akbar, the great Mughal emperor, rebuilt this grand monument in red sand stone. This fort was started in the year 1565 and was completed after eight years in 1573 and the then cost of construction was Rs 35, 00,000.
Agra fort was constructed under the supervision of Qasim Khan Mir Barr-u-Bahr. The court historian Abdul Fazal has mentioned this fort in his chronicles. It had more than five hundred beautiful buildings in Bengal and Gujarat Designs, and also a number of Ghats as the fort was beside the River Yamuna. The river was used to transport goods and the Ghats were meant to load and unload these goods. This fortress encompasses 2.5 Km long enclosure walls, many places such as the Khas Mahal and the Jahangir palace and two very beautiful mosques of white marble, the Moti Masjid and the Nagina Masjid were built later by Shahjahan. Images of creatures like elephants, dragons and birds are depicted on some of the buildings. The enclosure wall has two gates the Amar Singh Gate and The Delhi Gate. Originally the entrance was through the Delhi Gate but now only The Amar Singh Gate is in use.
Our guide told us many interesting local stories related to this fort. We took many pictures to remember our journey. Exploring this beautiful fort took us back into the Mughal period where everything was built in a grand style. The Agra Fort has been declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO and is very important point for architectural history as it is a mixture of Islamic and Hindu architecture. This visit has proved to be an amazing experience, one which we all will be cherishing. The creative designs and beautiful architecture will always live through chronicles of history.