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Friday, March 28, 2008

India : Agra & Jaipur : Agra Attractions & Excursions - 3

All Image Source and Slide Show Courtesy : Google

Agra Fort :

Emperor Akbar started constructing this massive fort on the banks of river Yamuna in 1565. Additions were made to it by his grandson Shah Jahan. The huge walls of the fort stretch for 2.5 km and are surrounded by a 10 m wide moat. Out of the three gates, only Amar Singh gate is open now. The fort is open from sunrise to sunset.

Just take a look on Slide Show:

The forbidding exteriors of this fort hide on inner paradise. There are number of exquisite buildings like

This was the hall of private audience.

This hall of public hearing is the place where the Emperor heard the petitions of the public and met the officials.

Octagonal Tower:

It was here that Shah Jahan spend last seven years of his life imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb.

Moti Masjid:

This Moti Masjid made out of white marble. It is one of the ancient mosques situated in Agra.

Sheesh Mahal:

It is a creation of myriad glass pieces and central fountain.

Jahangiri Mahal:

It was built by Akbar as women's quarters.

Jahangir Palace:

This was built by Akbar for his favorite son Jehangir to provide him with the comfort and luxury inside.

Mina Masjid:

It is enclosed on all the four sides by high walls. The marble mosque was three small arches in its facade, which are plain and unadorned.

Macchi Bhawan:

Opposite to the Diwan-E-Khas is the machhi bhawan, the fish enclosure.

Anguri Bagh:

These 85 square geometric gardens lie to the left of the fort.

Jama Masjid:

Jama Masjid, the sacred section of the Fatehpur Sikri. Built in 1572 AD, this is one of the largest mosques of India. It is also known as Darrgah Mosque. It draws upon both Persian and Hindu design and is said to be a copy of the mosque at Mecca.

Mariyam's Tomb:

The unique tomb in red sand stone was built in 1611 AD. In memory of Emperor Akbar's Goan Christian wife Mariyam.

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