Agra Red Fort
A stunning set of monuments, the Agra Fort or the Agra Red Fort is a World Heritage Site. The majestic fort is located in the beautiful Indian city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh.
Agra is home to many architectural marvels of the Mughal Empire and boasts of two more World Heritage Sites including the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri.
Known to many as Red Fort of Agra or Fort Rouge owing to the lavish use of red sandstone, the enclosure houses several sites and structures that display royal Mughal architectural heritage and splendor. Some of the exquisite structures that deserve a mention are:
Sheesh Mahal - Literally meaning 'Glass Palace' it was the royal dressing room adorned by tiny mirror-like glass-mosaic decorations on the walls.
The Diwan-i-Am - Which was used as a communications ground between the public and the aristocracy and once housed the Peacock Throne.
Diwan-i-Khas - A hall of private audience, it was used to welcome kings and dignitaries.
The Anguri Bagh - It houses 85 square, geometrically arranged lush gardens.
Khas Mahal - An immaculate white marble palace.
Mina Masjid - Literally meaning 'Heavenly Mosque' it is a tiny mosque closed to the public.
Nagina Masjid - Literally meaning 'Gem Mosque' it was designed exclusively for the ladies of the court.
Musamman Burj - A large, octagonal tower with a balcony facing the Taj Mahal.
By far, the most important fort of India, the Agra Fort is a treat for sore eyes and a thrill to weary senses.