Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Agra Fort

The Agra Fort is an UNESCO World Heritage site situated in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is around 2.5 km northwest of its more celebrated sister landmark, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be all the more precisely portrayed as a walled city.An period set apart by intrusions and strongholds, where force was symbolized by terrific castles and more fabulous fortresses amid such time was constructed THE AGRA FORT. Stronghold has dependably been and still is the right of the powerful; the separating line between the ruler and the ruled.

The Agra Fort, otherwise called the "Lal –Qila", "Stronghold Rouge" or "Qila-i-Akbari", is the highlight of the city of Agra, then capital of the Mughal Sultanate .

An image of force, quality and flexibility, the way things are today in full grandness. With the Taj Mahal eclipsing it, one can without much of a stretch overlook that Agra has one of the finest Mughal fortifications in India. Development of the huge red-sandstone stronghold, on the bank of the Yamuna River, was started by Emperor Akbar in 1565.


There is notice of a post named Badalgarh in history books amid the eleventh century. It was a block fortress. Sikandar Lodhi, the lord of Delhi Sultanate, moved to Agra and made it his second capital. The fortress turned into his habitation. After his passing in 1517, his son Ibrahim Lodhi assumed control over the reins of the post. The Mughals vanquished Ibrahim Lodhi in 1526 at Panipat and caught the post. With the fortification came an inconceivable fortune including the acclaimed Koh-i-Noor precious stone. Mughal head, Babur manufactured a baoli, a stage well, in the post. At the point when Babur kicked the bucket in 1530, Humayun was delegated as the ruler at the fortification.

Sher Shah Suri crushed Humayun in 1540 and took control of the fortress for next five years. Sher Shah Suri passed on in 1545 and Humayun wrested back his kingdom from the successors in 1555, clearing path for foundation of Mughal domain for next three hundred years. Of these three hundred years, the great period finished with Aurangzeb's passing in 1707, and, the following one hundred fifty years saw the decay of the realm. Humayun kicked the bucket in 1556 and a youthful Akbar turned into the ruler at thirteen years old. Akbar made Agra his capital in 1558. He requested re-working of the stronghold. An enormous development activity was taken up and the fortress was assembled utilizing the blocks as an inward center and red sandstone as the outside layer. It took eight years to finish the work, from 1565 to 1573. Later on, Akbar's grandson, Shah Jahan, amid his rule as head (1627-58) made real adjustments and augmentations to the fortress.

Jahangiri Mahal is the main landmark that comes in the perspective once one enters the post through the Amar Singh Gate. Before Jahangiri Mahal is a dish formed shower tub, known as Jahangir's Hauz. It is around five feet high and has a width of eight feet. Jahangir got it made in 1610. Jahangiri Mahal was worked by Akbar amid 1565-69. It is effortlessly the most conspicuous working in the post. It doesn't resemble a four hundred year old royal residence. That is, perhaps, due to sublime upkeep. Jahangiri Mahal is an extraordinary bit of craftsmanship. There are examples and plans to be seen.Another masterful landmark that gets the attention from a separation. For the Musamman Burj is another class landmark at the Agra Fort. It is an octagonal tower which is open at five sides and makes a phenomenal overhang for a perspective of the riverside and the Taj Mahal. It was initially made of red sandstone and utilized by rulers Akbar and Jahangir. Shah Jahan got it changed to white marble according to his taste.

Shah Jahan was ousted by his child Aurangzeb in 1658. From that point, he put in the most recent eight years of his life under house capture at Musamman Burj, helped by his girl Jahanara Begum. Diwan-i-Am is the Hall of Public Audiences. It is the spot where the head would meet general society and hear their grievances. It was worked by Shah Jahan amid the years 1628-35.