Entering Agra Fort
Agra Fort has four entrance gates. The one used by the public is the Amar Singh Gate. There is an entrance fee of 300 rupees ($6), for tourists to visit. You can also hire an English-speaking tour guide for the whole day for about $10.
Even though much of Agra Fort is closed off to visitors, there is still a lot to see. Inside the fort was the Jahangiri Mahal which was built by Akbar for his son, Jahangir. It ultimately became the zenana, meaning the palace for the royal women of the household. It housed the wives of Akbar and Jahangir. In addition, there is a huge bowl called Hauz-i-Jahangiri that is carved out of a single piece of stone. This was used as a container for fragrant rose water.
The Khas Mahal served as the Mughal emperor's private residence in Delhi. The structure is located inside the Red Fort, which is a large fort complex located inside the city. A palace built for two of Shah Jahan’s favorite daughters. Like the other palaces within Agra Fort, this one featured multiple gardens and courtyards and rooms with giant columns giving us a small glimpse into the elegant life the royal families once led.
One of the most impressive palaces within Agra Fort is the Musamman Burj. It was built by Shah Jahan for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Musamman Burj features a marble design inlaid with precious stones, a domed ceiling, and a beautiful fountain in the center of the room. From the Musamman Burj, the views of the Taj Mahal are spectacular. As an ironic legend has it, during the last few years of his life, Shah Jahan was imprisoned here by his son, Aurangzeb, and forced to look out at his greatest creation, the Taj Mahal, until the day he died.