Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mongolian monument, stands near the gardens of the Taj Mahal. This powerful red sandstone fortress encompasses, within its 2.5 km long walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers.
Very close to the majestic Taj Mahal is the second point of tourist and cultural interest of Agra. It is the Agra Fort. The place where the emperors of the Mughal dynasty lived and around which the structure of the society of that time worked.
Agra Fort, a 16th-century Mongolian monument, stands near the gardens of the Taj Mahal. This powerful red sandstone fortress encompasses, within its 2.5 km long walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It is made up of many palaces, such as Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; courtrooms, such as Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques. The apogee of Agra came with the reign of Humayun's son, Akbar the Great. During his reign the main part of the Agra fort was built.
This fortress with red sandstone walls, stands on a moat that at that time had the presence of the most dangerous animals and that made the fort impregnable.
Like the fort in Delhi, that of Agra is one of the most obvious symbols of Mogol greatness that was imposed under Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan.
Rajni Kant Rajput, our tour guide, tells us that "90 years took to build it, over 4 generations of the Mughal dynasty.
This fort was used as a palace. The Mughal emperors lived inside the fort. All the emperors, soldiers, soldiers, relatives of the king and queen stayed in the fort.
The pit had a part with water and more than 1,000 crocodiles.
The second part of the pit had dangerous animals like snakes, tigers, lions and elephants. These moats were around the fort to defend the enemies. The Mughal emperors were Muslims and faced the Rajput maharajas of Rajasthan who were Hindu several times.
For that reason the Mogol used the fort to protect themselves. The soldiers sat on top of the walls to watch from a distance.
There is a bridge that was built with the help of chains and below it was the pit with water.
The emperor had his room to be with the queen and also rooms to be with his concubines.
The lifestyle of the Mughals is very interesting. All the Mughal emperors had 2 or 3 wives. Besides they had more than 300 concubines. The queen knew and accepted the concubines.
The emperor called new concubines every day.
In the market, which was accessed only by women and some men of the court, new girls were chosen to be their concubines.
There in the market was where Shah Jahan met who was later his most beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth and for which he ordered the construction of the Taj Mahal, "says Rajni Kant Rajput.
Priya Dingorkar and Senthur Kumaran - Incredible India Tourism
Guide in Spanish: Rajni Kant Rajput (Guide approved by the tourism department of the Government of India)
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