Agra Fort

Architectural splendour

Shashank Shekhar Sinha
    The Amar Singh Gate of the Agra Fort is on the southern side of the fort complex and is its public entrance. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
    Naubat Khana (music gallery) of the Amar Singh Gate. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
    The Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque) in the Diwan-i-Aam courtyard. It was built by Shah Jahan. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
    The exterior of Jahangiri Mahal, with the monolithic granite bowl (7.62 m x 1.42 m) built by Jahangir in the front. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
    Bangla-i-Darshan (Imperial Viewing Pavilion). Shah Jahan appeared before his subjects every morning from here. The Taj Mahal is visible in the background. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
    The external dalan, or porch, of the Khas Mahal (Special Palace), which is within the Anguri Bagh. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
    The external dalan in the Muthamman Burj with alcoves, ornamental niches, dados, polychrome floral designs and the water basin sunk in the centre of the floor. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
    The Anguri Bagh (Grape Garden). It has three layers: the upper riverfront terrace is occupied by the Khas Mahal flanked by bangla pavilions; the intermediate zone is occupied by a scalloped trefoiled tank; and the garden is in the lower area. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
    The marble seat with its canopy of stone, baluster columns and semicircular arches that projects from the southern wing of the Machli Bhawan courtyard. Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
    The emperor’s jharokha, or the throne chamber, in the Diwan-i- Aam (Hall of Public Audience). Photo: Shashank Shekhar Sinha
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