History of Agra Fort
Agra Fort is one of the two UNESCO World Heritage sites of Agra. Agra Fort holds prime prominence in the tourist map of Agra & India. Its history dates back well above thousand years.
It was to Agra Fort that Humayun was dispatched by his victorious father, Babur, immediately following the defeat of Ibrahim Lodi at Panipat, 80 Kms north of Delhi, in 1526. Babur understood that the Lodi jewels were kept in the Agra Fort and Humayun was instructed to secure them. An unexpected bonus was that members of the Maharaja of the Gwalior's family were discovered sheltering in the Agra Fort, guarding their own jewels. In order to gain Humayun's favour, they presented him with an enormous diamond, believed by some to have been the Koh-i-Noor which is now (in cut down form) one of the Crown Jewels of England.
Two years later, Babur defeated Rana Sanga and celebrated his newly-won status as ruler of Delhi at Agra Fort. Babur had little interest in buildings and preferred to lay out Persian-style gardens. In any case, he spent so much time fighting to establishing his dynasty during his short reign that little opportunities of building palatial buildings or fortress occurred. Within 4 years, Humayun had succeeded his father as ruler of Delhi and appears to have carried out some construction work at the Agra Fort, none of which have survived. On Humayun's death in 1556, his son Akbar, then aged 14, inherited the throne, which he immediately and successfully defended against Shah Adli, the nephew of his father's conqueror Sher Shah Suri. From 1565, Akbar began to rebuild Sikandar Lodi's Agra Fort in an enlarged from, a task which took 16 years to complete. The walls, gates and one important pavilion are all that survive with certainly, from Akbar's period; almost all the remainder is the work of Shah Jahan.
Agra Tour Packages
Taj Mahal with Ajanta Ellora Tour
Highlights :Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Udaipur - Mumbai - Ajanta- Ellora
Taj Mahal With Jodhpur Tour
Highlights :Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri- Jaipur- Jodhpur - Delhi
Tajmahal with Haridwar & Rishikesh
Highlights : Taj - Mahal - with - Haridwar - Rishikesh