Emperor Shah Jahan was responsible for Agra’s magnificent Red Fort as well as the Taj Mahal, just 2. 5 kms down the bank of the River Yamuna.
This is an absolute must-see for any tourist visiting the Taj as it is less crowded, almost as beautiful, more spacious, more complex and more historically important, having been the seat of government and home to six Mughal Emperors.
The Red Fort (also Agra Fort) offers a lot more than sturdy defensive fortifications, with as much, if not more, gloriously over-the-top embellishment as its perky white neighbour.
The Taj Mahal as seen from the Red Fort in Agra by the dying Shah Jahan. Photo by Hans Rosbach.
Jahangiri Mahal, the Red Fort. Photo by Hans Rosbach.
The Jahangiri Palace is one plum in the Red Fort’s surprisingly luscious cake. Originally the Fort’s zenana (women’s quarters), Jahangiri is loaded with spectacular carving and decoration.
Jahangiri Mahal gate detail. Photo by Hans Rosbach.