Agra Fort, across the Yamuna River originally was a military structure. Construction began in 1565 by Emperor Akbar. Emperor Akbar was the grandfather of Shah Jahan, the builder of the Taj Mahal. From early construction, additions occurred, and by the time of Shah Jahan, it was a palace. This is Amar Singh Gate, to the south of Agra Fort, and now the only entrance.
This was really a city behind walls. We tried a panorama photo of the main building.
Ornate buildings and manicured lawns. Like most temples and old buildings, there are many monkeys.
This one on the roof was joined by some monkey friends and we were fascinated watching them run and jump across the roofs. Our moms were happy to see a chipmunk.
We have chipmunks in our Colorado mountains. While we were watching the chipmunk, a man picked him up so we could get a photo. Wasn’t that nice? We walked around the complex and saw many buildings.
Everything is so old, and much of it is still in good repair. From Agra Fort, the view across the river shows Taj Mahal.
Such a beautiful building. Shah Jahan, adored his daughters, and they each had a room like this.
These are beautiful rooms with a great view of the Yamuna River. And another non human resident.
This bat seems to be at home in Agra Fort. This guide is shining a light on the marble.
The light accentuates the gems inlaid in the marble. Great craftsmanship everywhere. You may remember that the Taj Mahal, was built as a tomb for Shah Jahan’s favorite wife, Mumtaz. The Taj Mahal was completed in 1653. In 1659, Shah Jahan was deposed by his son, Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb kept his father, the former Shah, under house arrest at Agra Fort. This is the room, in Musamman Burj, the Octagonal Tower, in Agra Fort where Shah Jahan died.
He was imprisoned here for seven years, before his death. From his tower, he could see the Taj Mahal, built for his beloved wife, Mumtaz.
So close, but out of reach for him. This lawn was the Ladies’ Bazaar.
Female merchants were allowed to come here, on market day, to sell goods to the ladies of the Mughal court. Men were not allowed. We really like visiting Agra Fort, and loved the views of the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal with a mosque on each side. But, it was time for us to leave. More people were passing through Amar Singh Gate, coming to visit Agra Fort.
That cute little girl is watching us. Sometimes little children try to take us home with them. We like children, but we want to stay with our moms. We like this little girl. Isn’t her dress pretty? If you go to Agra, India, please visit the Taj Mahal and also Agra Fort. We think you will enjoy them both.