Day By Day

Monday, February 20, 2012

Adventures in India, Part 19 -- Agra, The Red Fort

The Red Fort is not as famous as, but to my mind more interesting than, the Taj Mahal. There has been a fortification on the spot for at least 1000 years, but the limestone structures date from the Sixteenth Century. It has housed such Mughal illuminaries as Humayan, Babur, Akbar, Shah Jahan [who was imprisoned here], and Aurangzeb, and amongst its treasures was the famed Koh-i-Noor diamond. 

The outer battlements,

The main entrance,

Inside the walls a grand city.

The stand where the Maharaja would hear petitions.

The view from the towers is spectacular.

The royal residence.

And from the parapets Shah Jahan could look out across the river toward the Taj, where his beloved wife was interred. It's only little more than a mile distant, but the pollution renders it ghostlike.

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