It would have been a total luxury and a complete beauty for eyes to dress up in most expensive dresses and jewels and sit on those fluffy beds where lights of blue red and green reflected from the stones simmered on the room and watch the full moon in the background of a beautiful flower shaped fountain!!!
It was a hot summer day, the sun shined brightly above my head, we were all set for admiring the beauty of the 500 years old ancient wonder agra fort !
Standing in front of the majestic red gate i wondered why the gates was soo high above the ground, mom held my hand tightly because the place was unfamiliar and crowded ..people kept taking photos of the red beauty with thier tiny teeny smart phones and old blackberry phones which was a luxury during late 2011, a man with shabby hair and beard wearing a old yellow t shirt and baggy pants walked towards us , he greeted us and introduced himself , he is pavan kumar and he is our guide.
“This gate is called Delhi gate, it was a busy gateway during the time of akbars rule, the gate was build soo high inorder to allow elephants and horses to pass through it and the gateway was heavly guarded” pavan started explaining.
We passed through hallways and garden and again hallways and gardens, we passed through darbar halls and bulidings where king held meetings and solved peoples problems and crisis , everything looked beautiful and charming , i wondered how talented those artisians were to make such beautiful structures out of scratch without mordern equipments and technology!
We entered a beautiful terrace with chambers having golden domes and roofs, it had beautiful bedchambers of mughal emperors, the type of room those kings resided made me wonder how clever they were !!! The rooms were made in the most magnificent manner , there were no doors or windows which could be closed but had arch doorways on all three side and one big window on the other side ,even in the hot burning sun the rooms were cool due to the circulation of water through the hollow walls of the room , no modern airconditioner could compete with those walls !!! There were hollow spaces inside the wall were precious stones were placed which reflected the moon light and illuminated the room, the doorways were covered with beautiful cloths which fluttered in the wind and there were fluffiest beds and diwan cots inside the chamber ,just outside the chamber there is a flower shaped fountain carved on the floor which once led out water which mesmerized the beauty of the golden roofed chambers , it would have been a total luxury and compleate beauty for eyes to dress up in most expensive dresses and jewels and sit on those fluffy bed where lights of blue red and green reflected from the stones simerd and watch the full moon in the background of a beautiful flower shaped fountain!!! The story of shah jahan and mumtaz mahal the greatest love story ever told got carved into my heart from the words of pavan.
Next he took us to a place where there were small mughal styled windowed walls ..it was through those windows the emperor shah jahan peeped out side during the house arrest placed on him by his own son saw the beautiful monument TAJ MAHAL which was build by him for his beloved wife mumtaz mahal.
We again went through hall ways and what i noticed was there were many doors closed and doorways baricaded with sign boards saying “ENTRY RESTRICTED- ARCHEOLOGICAL DEPARTMENT OF INDIA” i wonder what is hidden inside those places and wish one day i could go through those hall ways!!!
Next we came across a rectangular shaped area where bazars was organised for ladies and men was not allowed there..there was also places where women was not allowed …there were seperate blocks for women and mostly women was not allowed in the decision making and ruling areas of the king (but there were expections during the rule of different emperors) i wonder why such discrimination was given based on genders!!!
Now coming out of all the fantasies after years i wonder how can we say shah jahan and mumtaz had true love when shah jahan a married man with more than one wife fell in love with mumtaz a married woman and killed her husband and married her for the sake of so called love..let this mystery sink in history…
Agra fort is a 500 year old UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site located in Agra ,Uttar Pradesh and it is 2.5 km away from taj mahal . It isopen on all days from sunrise to sunset.
HOW TO REACH
Agra fort is well connected by roads with other cities , it is 230km away from delhi and it takes 3 hours to reach agra from delhi.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Agra airport
NEAREST RAILWAY STATION :Agra fort railway station
NEAREST BUS STAND: Idgah bus station
Entry fee: Indian =40 rupees per person
Foreigner=550rupees per person
Entry time :6 am to 6pm