The fort was originally built by Emperor Akbar and was later expanded by
Aurangzeb. The fort's huge double walls rise over 20m (65ft) in height and
measure 2.5km in circumference. They are enclosed by a fetid moat and
contain a maze of superb halls, mosques, chambers and gardens which form a
small city within a city.
Agra Red Fort History
Shahjahan was kept captive by Aurangzeb in this Red Fort.He did gave his
father a room with a view of the Taj Mahal, built by him. It is an
interesting fort and worth seeing.
The foundation of this magnificent mansion was laid by the Emperor Akbar
.The high red sandstone has a stronghold of this great monument spans over
2.5 kilometers of the area. The huge walls of the curved citadel are
interrupted by impressive gates . Presently only the Amar Singh gate is open
to the public. The original and grandest entrance was through the Delhi
Gate, which leads to the inner portal called the Hathi Pol or Elephant Gate.
» Jehangiri Mahal :
This is the first building while entering
through the Amar Singh Gate .The Jehangir's palace was built by Akbar as a
residence for his son Jehangir, and is situated north of the gate at the end
of a spacious lawn.
» Khas Mahal :
Built in 1637 by Shah Jahan, the Khas Mahal or
the Private Palace is in pure marble and flaunt a distinctive
» Musamman Burj :
An octagonal tower with an open pavilion
build by Shahjahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
» Diwan-i-Khas :
during 1636-37 by Shahjahan, Diwan-I-Khas or the hall of private
audience to receive kings, dignitaries and ambassadors. It is a three
sided pavilion with a terrace of fine proportions.
» Sheesh Mahal :
At the northeastern end of the Khas Mahal
courtyard is the Sheesh Mahal or the Glass Palace.
» Macchhi Bhawan :
A grand enclosure meant for harem
functions.The emperor used to sit on the white marble platform of the
Diwan-i-Khas facing this courtyard.
» Hammam-i-Shahi :
It is an airy apartment, attached to the
residential quarters which was used as a summer retreat.
» The Nagina Masjid :
It is a private mosque raised by Shah
Jahan with typical cusped arches for ladies of the court.