Exploring The Magnificent Agra Fort

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Agra, the famous historic city of Uttar Pradesh is known for its important monuments. These historical structures, which were made by different dynasties who ruled the region showcases an amazing mix of different architectural styles. Agra fort is one such historic building you should definitely explore on your tour of the city. Check for train schedule, like train 12137 running status, or flights timings to reach your destination.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Agra Fort is one of the most magnificent places to visit in the city of Agra. The fort is located about 2.5 km north to the world-famous Taj Mahal and consists of several other smaller mosques, palaces, havelis and courtyards within its walls. The first mention of the Agra Fort can be dated back to 1080 AD when it was constructed under the rule of the Rajputana kingdoms. It was originally made of red bricks, and that’s why some still say that it’s the Red Fort of Agra. Later, when the Muslim invaders led by Sikandar Lodi came, huge devastation and plundering happened, even the fort faced a lot of damages. It was when the Mughals came, led by Babur, that the fort saw a resurgence. The precious diamond, Kohinoor, was also Amongst the wealth that the Mughals seized and stored in the fort. The Mughals also renovated the fort and added several other smaller have is, courtyards, mosques and palaces. Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal, was also restrained and deposed by his own son in this fort. He breathed his last in the fort and is it said that he was kept as a captive in a cell from where the Taj can be viewed. This historic fort was also the site of a battle during the sepoy rebellion of 1857 which led to the end of the rule of East India Company and initiated the rule of British Government.

Agra is one of the most important places in the northern part of India. Being an important part of the famous Golden Triangle tourist circuit you can easily find taxis, trains and flights to reach the city. Delhi, the national capital, is the most suited tourist layover, however, if you are coming from any other part of the country, check for train 12137 running status which frequently passes through the region.

The fort showcases a fantastic layout, which is an interesting mix of Hindu and Islamic architecture. The huge fort is spread across 94 acres and is built in a semicircular pattern with its walls running parallel with the river. The massive walls are seventy feet high, with four gates at four separate sides. The ‘Khizri gate’ opens towards the river, and mostly remain unlocked to ban in social elements entering the premises. The other two gates, viz, the ‘Delhi Gate’ and the “Lahore Gate’ are the most famous. The Lahore Gate is also called the ‘Amar Singh Gate’ as inspired by the brave king of Rajasthan, Amar Singh Rathore. The northern part of the Agra Fort is still used by Indian Military, so the Delhi Gate cannot be used by the public.

So, if you’re planning a trip to this amazing monument, plan up your itinerary in advance and check for train availability through IRCTC train inquiry.

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