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North India: Gallery 22a
AGRA FORT
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The Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city.

The 380,000 m2 fort has a semicircular plan, its chord lies parallel to the river and its walls are over 20 metres high. Double ramparts have massive circular bastions at intervals, with battlements, embrasures, machicolations and string courses. Four gates were provided on its four sides, one Khizri gate opening on to the river.

The monumental Delhi Gate, which faces the city on the western side of the fort, is considered the grandest of the four gates and a masterpiece of Akbar's time. It was built circa 1568 both to enhance security and as the king's formal gate, and includes features related to both. It is embellished with inlay work in white marble. A wooden drawbridge was used to cross the moat and reach the gate from the mainland; inside, an inner gateway called Hathi Pol ("Elephant Gate") guarded by two life-sized stone elephants with their riders added another layer of security. 

The drawbridge, slight ascent, and 90-degree turn between the outer and inner gates make the entrance impregnable. During a siege, attackers would employ elephants to crush a fort's gates. Without a level, straight run-up to gather speed, however, something prevented by this layout, elephants are ineffective.

Because the Indian military (the Parachute Brigade in particular) is still using the northern portion of the Agra Fort, the Delhi Gate cannot be used by the public. Tourists enter via the Amar Singh Gate.

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View over the moat across the flats to Taj Mahal and Agra


Exploring the many structures and rooms within the fort


Bill pauses to chat with CEO Perry and the local guide

 
 
 
 


Our Departure Route
On to Baby Taj

GALLERY 22a
FORT AGRA / JAHANGIR PALACE and BABY TAJ TOMB

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