“Get off here and walk straight there. I will wait here for maximum 2 hours“, said full-day rent taxi driver after spitting betel nut out of taxi window. Betel spittle traces evenly looked in car parking area…. Pathetic.
Not wasting time, I immediately sneaked into the visitors queue to buy a ticket. Shortly….Not more than 10 minutes, a ticket was already got.
I sank into Red Fort grandeur. This city fortress is really high as if watching every step of people who approaching it. Mughal City seems to be the safest city in the world with a thick wall.
Like other fortress, I must cross a canal through a bridge which connects main street and fort gate itself. Entering it, every lane in fortress inner side must be traversed between high walls which slowly changed from creepy to comfortable.
This 4.5-century old UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to all members of Mughal royal family. Red Fort automatically stopped functioning when the capital of Mughal kingdom moved to Delhi. Agra Fort itself was initiated to be built because of several wars between several kingdoms around Hindustan until Afghan area.
Then….My cunning began to acquire myself when “free fare” intuition led me to follow a tour guide steps who was carrying Chinese tourists. Every explanation which came out of his lips tried to understand by me. Some tourists frowned when I was caught eavesdropping, they realized that I was an intruder in their group.
One interesting amusement was when I was offered a pinch of yellow powder by an old man. I’m confused with it. It turned out that a few seconds later little squirrels got into my hands and ate this powder. I just saw a super tame squirrel like that.
Then steps led me into a white building nicknamed as Khas Mahal which was the king’s private palace. This building is made from marble with beautiful paintings in it.
Not far from Khas Mahal, you can see a white two-story building with a large garden in front of its yard. This section is named Anguri Bagh.
Anguri Baghh means “The Grape Garden” which is a private garden belonging to female members of kingdom..
And the last part which I visited was Jahangiri Mahal (often also called Jahangiri Palace). This is the heart of Agra Fort. A magnificent palace intended as a residence of king’s wife.
Check the video in this link: https://youtu.be/fTQTuLa7bBE
Short words and short steps later….I rushed to Agra Cantt station. Awaited a train to New Delhi.