Where We Be
Agra Fort -- Agra, India
Agra Fort is a large red sandstone fort with high
walls and a deep moat. On the east side it faces
the Yamuna River, which used to run directly
beside the wall. It looks like it would have been a
challenging fort to conquer back in the 1400s and
1500s when it was most in use.

Agra Fort is best known for the octagonal marble
room that served as Shah Jahan’s prison. From
here he could stare across the Yamuna River at
the Taj Mahal, which he had built for his beloved
wife who had passed away in childbirth. His son
imprisoned him here for the last eight years of his
life – no doubt because of his lavish spending on
the Taj, among other things.

Shah Jahan’s first building work was on Agra Fort
itself, which started as a red sandstone fort but
upon which he built a white marble palace. It
served as the “proving ground” for his more
ambitious Taj Mahal project later in life. Intricate
marble latticework, fountains (dry now), and
delicately carved walls made for a worthwhile visit,
especially in the early morning with the soft light
slanting in. Here, too, as at the Taj, green spaces
within the large fort offer a quiet haven for birds,
monkeys, and other wildlife.
View of a guard tower through a scalloped window
Here you can see the white marble palace built over the red sandstone fort that served as Shah Jahan's
prison for the last eight years of his life. From here he could stare across the river at his beloved Taj.
Intricate designs in marble are reminiscent of the Taj Mahal
Massive red sandstone walls and moat at the front of the fort
The imposing south entry door -- the only entry to the Fort
We came in the cool of the morning, when the soft morning light slanted in through the windows
Even the red sandstone part of the fort has a lot of beautiful detail work
The elaborate Hall of Public Justice
Robin in front of a huge stone tub carved from a single piece of rock
Shah Jahan's beautiful prison