“Travelling is the way to self-discovery.”
Having this thought in mind, I was gazing out of the car’s window, watching people doing their daily errands. As a former Psychology student, I find it interesting to observe people silently. A sudden application of brakes makes me wake up from my thoughts. We are still 2 hours away from our destination. And again the car starts running, so do my thoughts.
Near the gardens of The Taj Mahal stands The Agra Fort which was the residence of major Mughal emperors. ‘Mughal’, the name itself is no less than magical. Mughals were Turkish rulers in India having unique virtue making them different from any other ruler India ever had. The books and Biographies of these rulers are in Turkish or Persian.
The Agra Fort, also known as Qila-i-Akbari, was built by Emperor Akbar, and is no less than a magnificent piece of Architecture. The grand walls of the fort are the demonstration of Bravery and Prestige of Mughals in India. The Taj Mahal, visible from the gazebos of The Agra Fort. The glorious pure-white structure standing on the bank of river Yamuna is irresistible to praise.
The carvings of the walls are the fine example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. The Mughals blended the Indian Architecture with that of Islamic to prove that India or Hindustan is no less than their own Land. The confident and concise ideas of The Mughals made them the most respected emperors in the History of Hindustan.
The Fort has numerous underground tunnels for obvious reasons connecting the fort to the banks of river Yamuna. The royal rooms were built in a way that they would remain cool during the summer. The entrances are built in such a manner that the invaders found it difficult to enter the fort easily even with the help of war Elephants.
History has always been so inspiring to me. Visiting Historical monuments is my kind of peace and relaxation. Wandering the corridors, I wondered about the life in Fort, about the luxury of rulers, about the virtue of Mughal Sultanate, about the heritage it gave to India.
Agra Fort, where the Diwan-i-Aam still echoes with the voice of courtiers, where the Akbar Mahal still holds Akbar’s last breathe, where the Bangali Mahal still holds secrets underneath the palace, where the Lahore Gate still whispers the martyrdom of Mughal Army and where the Musamman Burj still cries the tears of Shahjahan.
Thousands of stories are gone with the time, but these lively monuments will keep them immortal till the end. Mughals made India an epitome of culture and prosperity.
No wonder why Mughal period was the Golden Era of Music and Art.
No wonder why this heritage is still alive.