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Agra Fort

An impressive defensive structure built for Mughal emperors is a vast citadel encompassing marble towers, palaces, mosques and gardens.

Agra Fort is an imposing 16th-century red sandstone fortress located about 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) northwest of the Taj Mahal. The vast fortified complex is also known as the Red Fort of Agra and was built by Mughal emperors when Agra was their capital city. Within its walls are palaces, halls and mosques, some of which are made from pure marble.

Agra Fort is protected by 65-feet (20-meter) high walls that wrap around the citadel for 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers). Enter through the main gate on the south side and tour the spectacular structures. Access to some areas is prohibited because the fort is used by the Indian Army.

Visit the Hall of Public Audience, which contains a throne and is where government business used to be conducted. Stop by the early 17th-century Pearl Mosque, a building that is made entirely of white marble. Nearby is the Grand Hall of Private Audience and the Mirror Palace, with walls that have been inlaid with thousands of tiny mirrors. 

Stroll through royal pavilions and take in views of the river and the Taj Mahal from their balconies. Enjoy the attractive landscaped gardens of the Anguri Bagh and admire the simple, elegant design of Mina Masjid. This small white marble mosque is believed to have been used by Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal emperor of India.

Among the fort’s other highlights are the Khas Mahal palace and its white marble octagonal tower. This is where Shah Jahan was imprisoned after being overthrown by his son. From its balcony, he could look over to the Taj Mahal, the beautiful mausoleum he had commissioned for his wife. 

Agra Fort is open every day from sunrise until sunset and admission charges apply. Children under the age of 15 get in for free. 

The fort is situated in the city of Agra, which is approximately 124 miles (200 kilometers) from the Indian capital of New Delhi. Agra is well connected to many major Indian cities via its railway station, just 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) from Agra Fort.

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ITC Mughal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Agra ¥8,312
ITC Mughal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Agra

ITC Mughal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Agra

Taj Ganj Uttar Pradesh, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Agra resort is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Sadar Bazar. Jama Masjid and Kinari Bazar are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Hotel Ajay International ¥1,403
    Hotel Ajay International

    Hotel Ajay International

    Daresi No. 1, Near Agra Fort, Railway Station And Jama Masjid, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Agra, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Mankameshwar Temple and Kinari Bazar. Taj Mahal and Agra Fort are also within 3 mi (5 km). Agra Fort Station is 7 minutes by foot.

      Great Agra Travel
      Great Agra Travel

      Great Agra Travel

      196, Field Marshal Cariappa Road, Aluganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Rakabganj, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Agra Marble Emporium, Agra Fort, and Kinari Bazar. Taj Mahal is 2 mi (3.2 km) away. Agra Fort Station is 20 minutes by foot.

        Sun Hotel Agra ¥2,320
        Sun Hotel Agra

        Sun Hotel Agra

        Plot No. 4/305, Baluganj (Near Police Chowki), Agra, Uttar Pradesh
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Rakabganj, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Agra Marble Emporium, Agra Fort, and Kinari Bazar. Taj Mahal is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) away. Agra Fort Station is 18 minutes by foot.

          OYO 1835 Sun Hotel Agra
          OYO 1835 Sun Hotel Agra

          OYO 1835 Sun Hotel Agra

          Near Police Chowki, Baluganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Rakabganj, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Agra Marble Emporium, Agra Fort, and Kinari Bazar. Taj Mahal is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) away. Agra Fort Station is 21 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Alleviate ¥3,803
            Hotel Alleviate

            Hotel Alleviate

            6/27/1A, Yamuna Kinara Road, Belanganj, Kachori Ghat, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Agra, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mankameshwar Temple and Kinari Bazar. Taj Mahal and Agra Fort are also within 3 mi (5 km). Agra Fort Station is 15 minutes by foot.

              Hotel SD International ¥1,369
              Hotel SD International

              Hotel SD International

              Baluganj, Near Baluganj autoparts crossing, Agra
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Rakabganj, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Agra Marble Emporium, Agra Fort, and Kinari Bazar. Taj Mahal is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away. Agra Fort Station is 20 minutes by foot.

                Capital O 31045 The Taj Residency- A Heritage Hotel ¥1,581
                Capital O 31045 The Taj Residency- A Heritage Hotel

                Capital O 31045 The Taj Residency- A Heritage Hotel

                Plot No. 4/453 Near Police, Chowki Rd,Baluganj,Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Rakabganj, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Agra Marble Emporium and Agra Fort. Taj Mahal and Kinari Bazar are also within 3 mi (5 km). Agra Fort Station is 23 minutes by foot.