While the Taj Mahal remains Agra’s most priced possession, there are other monuments here that are absolutely magnificent and worth a visit. One such monument is the Agra fort, one of India’s most historic structures from the Mughal era. A UNESCO world heritage site, the Agra fort was the seat of the Mughal empire before it was shifted for a short time to Fatehpur Sikri and later to Delhi. Captured by the Mughals in 1526, a vast treasure including the Koh-i-Noor diamond was seized. It took 4000 workers and eight years to build the fort and it was completed in 1573.
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Double ramparts with massive circular bastions encircle the 94-acre fort. Four gates on four sides provide access to the fort. Delhi Gate is the grandest and was the gate for king’s formal entry. Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas and Jahangiri Mahal are must visits here. A visit to the fort is incomplete without a visit to Musamman Burj where Shah Jahan was held captive by Aurangazeb. The bastion offers the most poignant views of the Taj Mahal.
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