Travel Diary India – Part 12 – Agra Fort

Agra Fort

Just a couple of miles north-west of the Taj Mahal stands the imposing Mughal structure that is the Agra Fort. It was actually a more of a walled city and at first glance from the outside, it is very reminiscent of the Red Fort in Delhi with its similar design and construction materials, but on the inside, Agra Fort has a unique character of its own. I found it to be much more interesting than its Delhi counterpart.

Agra Fort

Agra Fort

Inside Agra Fort

Agra Fort

Many of the walls have been vandalised

The inside of Agra Fort is a maze of empty rooms, corridors, intricate archways and courtyards. Many of the walls have been defaced and much of the monument is in dis-repair however, there is still an abundance of centuries old artwork and design that has survived through the ages. To have lived in this place at the height of its glory much have been an incredible experience.

The Taj Mahal

From Agra fort, you can see the Taj Mahal nestled in the distance. This is the view that Emporer Shah Jahan would have been tormented with in his final days in 1666 while his was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb.

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal as seen from Agra Fort

Little critters

monkey

Watch out for the wildlife, They’ll have your snacks if your not careful

Monkeys and chipmunks are running amok all over the fort. They have become quite accustomed to tourists and aren’t afraid to sneak up and steal some food out of your hand.

An Indian man had devised a way of exploiting the chipmunks timid nature and the delight seeking attitude of tourists by crumbling a cracker in to a persons hand and then luring chipmunks to nibble away at the crumbs. Once the tourist is covered in chipmunks and overcome with delight, the Indian man then of course asks for a tip, and how can you refuse.

I would highly recommend visiting Agra Fort, it is an immensely interesting place full of surprises.

 

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3 thoughts on “Travel Diary India – Part 12 – Agra Fort

  1. Just gorgeous photos. I don’t know if I’d want chipmonks all over me though. i might tip someone to make that not happen. What made you choose India as your first destination?

    • I loved the Chipmunks but they have got really sharp little claws. I didn’t realise it until later but I was covered in small cuts. I really don’t know what influenced me to choose India; it was a spur of the moment decision and before I could talk myself out of it, I had booked the flight.

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