Agra fort was built by the Murgal Emperor, Akbar in 1565 on the site of a brick fort dating back to the 11th century. The forbidding exteriors of this fort conceal an inner paradise: a fort on the outside, a palace on the inside. The fort is crescent shaped, flattened on the east with a long, nearly straight wall, facing the river.The fort was the site of a battle during the Indian rebellion of 1857, which caused the end of the British East India Company’s rule in India, and led to a century of direct rule of India by Britain. There are many interesting buildings within the fort including Diwan I Am (Hall of Public Audience), seen in the image to the left, and the Jahangir Palace.
Home of the iconic and astonishingly beautiful Taj Mahal. Other highlights include Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted Mughal kingdom located a short drive from Agra. All three of these Mughal-era buildings are UNESCO World Heritage sites.