I had been to Agra Fort twice – first time in 1986 and the second time in 2007. It was, however, the first time for Deepshree. It was a very cold morning on the day we were in Agra. It was on 31st of December, 2016 – a day after Deepshree’s Birthday and day before the New Year Eve.
In 1986, I had come here for collecting data for my project. In 2007, I brought Riya and Ranoo along with my mother for a Delhi, Agra and Jaipur trip. However, on both occasions, I had come to Agra early in the morning and returned to Delhi in the night. This was the fist time that I spent a night in Agra. We stayed in Mariott.
Agra Fort was made by the Mughals and was their capital till they made Red Fort in Delhi. However, most of what exists in Agra Fort has been replicated in the Red Fort. The Fort is huge and only about 25% of the Fort area is open to public. The rest is occupied by the Indian Army.
We travelled to Agra from Delhi in the Bhopal Satabdi Express. We started from Delhi in the morning at 6:00 AM. We were scheduled to reach Agra at 8:00 AM. However, due to heave fog, our train arrived in Agra only at around 10:00 AM. We first went to Taj Mahal. From Taj Mahal, we came to Agra Fort.
As we entered the Agra Fort, we were greeted by plush lawns. They are immaculately maintained.
We hired a guide to show us around the Fort. The guide also clicked our photographs. The guide took Rs. 300 and took us around the Fort for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
I would highly advice hiring a guide as otherwise it would be quite difficult to understand why certain structures were made and how.
These rooms were used by Jahangir. He had managed to build air conditioning in his rooms at that time. People used to pour water through the walls – cold water during summers and hot water during winters. When the air used to pass through the walls, it would produce heating or cooling effect.
We can get a clear view of Taj Mahal from the Agra Fort. However, the day we were there, it was very misty and thus one can only make the outlines of Taj Mahal. The Yamuna River flows between the Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal.
Sahajahan made identical rooms for his 2 daughters. All structures in Agra Fort which were made in Sahajahan’s time were made of marble.
This photo is taken where the 2 rooms are joined by an arch.