Travel guide to Red Fort ,Agra
Agra Fort is a historical fort in the city of Agra in India built by Mughal Emperor Akbar.If you are planning to visit the historical monument ,few travel tips can be helpful in planning your travel in advance.
How to Reach: From the airport, the railway station and the main city centers, taxis and other local transport is available to reach Agra Fort .If you are on your vehicle parking facility is available in vicinity . Car parking cost-Rs 80/-.
Entry Charges-On Weekdays For Indians -Rs 50/-,For Foreigners-Rs 650/-.On Friday for Indians-Rs 40/-,For Foreigners-Rs 600/-. No entry fees for children below 15 years for both Indians & Foreigners.
Note-No eatables are allowed inside except water bottles which you can refill inside also. Always bargain with guides as they would start from 350/- and would easily come down to 100/-.
The main gate opened for the public entry is the Amar Singh Gate. Built by Shah Jahan, this gate gets its name after Amar Singh Rathore, Maharaja of Jodhpur. The entrance has three consecutive gates, each constructed in such a way that, the next gate is visible only after crossing the first.
The Fort structure starts with Jahangir’s Palace. The palace includes, a bed room, dining hall, Jodha Bai’s Krishna temple and Jahangir’s study room.
Next is the Sheesh Mahal. Built with white marble, it is said to be built by Shah Jahan, grand son of Akbar and son of Jahangir. This was used as a dressing room by the ladies of royal family. The wall is laid with beautiful small mirrors. It consists of two halls and two tanks, one for hot water and other for cold water. In the twilight of small lamps, the mirrors reflect the light, giving it a heavenly feel.
After the Sheesh Mahal is the Khas Mahal, a beautiful white marble structure. It was used as drawing and bed room by Shah Jahan .
Samman Burj or Octagonal tower, next to Sheesh Mahal, was built by Jahangir for his Empress Noor Jahan . Later remodeled by Shah Jahan for Mumtaz Mahal. It has beautiful architecture laid with semi precious stones. Its said, this was the place where Shah Jahan was kept imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb.
So ,friends these are few details regarding travel to Agra fort which help you to save few bucks at times.