Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Agra Fort

If I was an emperor I would want my palace being in the center of a fort guarded by my armies. The great Mugals, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb all lived in the Agra Fort. A HUGE fort that covers 94 acres. Our guide told us mostly about Akbar and his reign in the Fort. He had over 500 Harems and had wives that were Christian, Muslim and Hindu to show his acceptance of all religions. The palace part of the fort was incredible. Fountains with shelves carved out of stone behind them to hold candles, a large library, and a huge courtyard for the harems with a huge bathtub in the middle of it. The walls of the palace have a hollow space in them so that dirt and water could be poured into them to keep them cool during the hot summer weather here in India. Each of the wives had an area they could go to that had a view of the city and a place where they could lounge in a hammock and cool off in the breeze. There is a movie about Akbar, Jodhaa Akbar Movie that I have to see now. Everything you hear in India you could spend the rest of your life researching.

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