"Agra Fort - Jehangiri Mahal" The Red Fort Tip by MM212

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  Jehangiri Mahal, Feb 2009
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  • Jehangiri Mahal, Feb 2009 - Agra
      Jehangiri Mahal, Feb 2009
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  • Jehangiri Mahal, Agra Fort, Feb 2009 - Agra
      Jehangiri Mahal, Agra Fort, Feb 2009
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  • Monumental Gateway of Jehangiri Mahal, Feb 09 - Agra
      Monumental Gateway of Jehangiri Mahal, Feb 09
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  • Hindu architectural influence, Feb 09 - Agra
      Hindu architectural influence, Feb 09
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  • Back courtyard of Jehangiri Mahal, Feb 09 - Agra
      Back courtyard of Jehangiri Mahal, Feb 09
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One of the oldest surviving structures in the Agra Fort, Jehangiri Mahal was built by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Its architecture thus reflects the earlier imperial style which was a synthesis between Islamic and Hindu designs, constructed in red sandstone and decorated with intricate carvings and white marble inlay. The exterior of Jehangiri Mahal is somewhat more Mughal-Islamic in style with a monumental gateway decorated with pointed arches and geometric designs, similar to structures seen in Delhi. In contrast, the inner courtyard exhibits the Hindu architectural features of Akbar's taste and is highly reminiscent of the imperial palaces of Fatehpur Sikri, another Akbar-era project. The back of the palace opens to another courtyard-terrace with views over the River Yamuna. South of Jehangiri Mahal was another Akbar-era palace, known as Akbari Mahal, but nowadays it is in ruins.

For photos of the architectural details of this palace, take a look at the travelogue: "Agra Fort - Jehangiri Mahal."

Address: Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
Directions: Take the road from the Delhi Gate
Website: http://welcome2asia.com/India/attractions/Agra_Fort.htm

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