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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 Resort & Spa, Agra CA $124
ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Agra

ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, 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).

    Tajview - IHCL SeleQtions CA $98
    Tajview - IHCL SeleQtions

    Tajview - IHCL SeleQtions

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

      This family-friendly Agra hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Mosque and the Jawab and Taj Mahal. Agra Fort and Kinari Bazar are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Hotel Ajay International CA $18
      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 miles (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 mile (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.

          Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra CA $91
          Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra

          Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra

          Taj East Gate Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Agra hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Sadar Bazar and Jama Masjid are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Hotel Taj Resorts CA $56
            Hotel Taj Resorts

            Hotel Taj Resorts

            #538, Near Shilp Gram, Taj Mahal E Gate, Eastern Gate of Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Taj Ganj, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mosque and the Jawab and Taj Mahal. Agra Fort and Kinari Bazar are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Sun Hotel Agra CA $42
              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 mile (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.

                The Grand Imperial - Heritage Hotel CA $83
                The Grand Imperial - Heritage Hotel

                The Grand Imperial - Heritage Hotel

                M.G. Road opposite to DM Bunglow, Near to Sai ki Takiya, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Agra hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Agra Marble Emporium and Agra Fort. Taj Mahal and Kinari Bazar are also within 3 miles (5 km). Agra Fort Station is 23 minutes by foot.