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Agra Fort

Architectural splendour

The Agra Fort, a World Heritage Site, is the only fort in India to have been inhabited by all the early Mughal emperors.


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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