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Agra Fort

The fort is similar in layout to the Red Fort in Delhi, but considerably better preserved, as much of Delhi Fort was razed by the British after the Mutiny. As much as palace as a defensive structure, it is also constructed mainly from red sandstone.

Emperor Akbar, king at 14, began consolidating his empire and, as an assertion of his power built the fort in Agra between 1565 and 1571, at the same time as Humayun's Tomb in Delhi. Emperor Shah Jahan added to the fort and ended up a prisoner in it. The fort has a beautiful view of his masterpiece, the Taj Mahal, on a clear day.

You can get to the fort by Rickshaw from Taj Mahal for around 25-30Rs. Entry to the fort is Rs 250 (plus levy of 50 Rupees if you have not already paid the 500Rs fee for Taj Mahal).

There are left luggage services at Agra Fort where you can stow your bags at no cost. A fine of Rs 5,000 applies if you lose your luggage ticket.

There are also audio guides available at Agra Fort which you can rent for a cost of Rs. 100 in English and other foreign languages (German, French, Spanish, etc) or Rs. 60 in Indian languages such as Hindi or Bengali.

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