Explore Agra : Agra Fort – The Gates

Indian forts cannot be imagined without elaborate gates or gateways. Agra Fort or the Red Fort of Agra.

There is a confusion in terms of the number of entrance gates to the fort – some scholars say that there were 4 gates (Delhi Gate, Lahore Gate/Akabari Gate/Amar Singh Gate, Khizri/Water Gate & Darshni Darwaza or gate), but some say that there are only 3 gates (Delhi Gate, Lahore Gate/Akabar Gate/Amar Singh Gate and Khizri/Water Gate) and Darshni Darwaza was not a gateway to enter in the fort.  Read about them here. … More Explore Agra : Agra Fort – The Gates

Explore Agra : Agra Fort – The Tomb of John Russell Colvin

An interesting out of place structure right opposite the Diwan ai Aam (hall of public audience) which has a Lucknow connect too ….

Read here… … More Explore Agra : Agra Fort – The Tomb of John Russell Colvin

Explore Agra: Agra Fort, The mosques in Agra Fort

It would be hard to imagine a Mughal Fort without a place of worship, or for that matter any Indian fort without the place of worship. And fort with grandeur and grandiose like that of Agra Fort (or the Red Fort of Agra) without a place of worship is unthinkable.

Yes, Agra Fort is not an exception. It has not one but three worship areas – and interestingly all these have been constructed by the 5th Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. … More Explore Agra: Agra Fort, The mosques in Agra Fort

Explore Delhi – Old Fort (Purana Qila)

In the series we talk about the importance of Purana Qila or the Old Fort in Delhi and the role it played in many different eras of Delhi.

The Old Fort or the Purana Qila in Delhi (just opposite Pragati Maidan; and the location where the Zoological Gardens of Delhi) is probably the best example which shows the city of Delhi through different eras. … More Explore Delhi – Old Fort (Purana Qila)

Explore Delhi – Old Fort (Purana Qila) #4 – The Other structures

The Old Fort or the Purana Qila in Delhi is probably the best example which shows the city of Delhi through different eras. Along with the mosque, gateways and Mughal Emperor Humayun’s library cum observatory many smaller structures are still existing and worth a visit. … More Explore Delhi – Old Fort (Purana Qila) #4 – The Other structures

Explore Delhi – Old Fort (Purana Qila) #1 – Qila-i-Kuhna Masjid

One of the best preserved structures in the Old Fort, a mosque – construction of which is attributed to Sher Shah Suri – the ruler who is known for his Grand Trunk Road, the concept of motels or Sarais and mile markers (Kos Minars), a mosque which is an amalgamation of different architectural styles – From Tuglaqs to Sayyids to Lodis to Mughals … More Explore Delhi – Old Fort (Purana Qila) #1 – Qila-i-Kuhna Masjid