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Location : Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
Built By : Akbar
Built In : 1570 A.D

Jehangir Palace - OverviewJehangir Palace - Agra
Of course, tourists visit Agra for marvellous Taj Mahal and massive Agra Fort, but in addition to these, there is a monument called - Jehangir Palace, which deserves to be visited during your Agra trip. So, when you are on Agra tour and are exploring the hidden corridors and palaces of Agra Fort, don't forget to see the magnificent Jehangir Palace.

Believed to be built by Emperor Akbar for his son Jehangir, Jehangir Palace is the largest private residence in Agra fort. After Akbar's death, Jehangir occupied the throne, eventually the Palace became his residence. Jehangir Palace was one of the first constructions within the Agra Fort where the focus started to shift from purely military to the fort's later function as a luxurious palace.

Apart from Jehangir Palace, during your Agra Fort expedition you come across many other picturesque palaces as well. Shah Jahan's Khas Mahal is a notable palace, which was used as a private palace by the emperor. In front of the Khas Mahal, you can see the Anguri Bagh or 'Grape Garden' which was simply a small formal Mughal Garden, that probably never had any grapevines. Another remarkable palace is Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace) which is believed to be used as the dressing room and its walls are inlaid with small mirrors. Just in front of the Jehangir Palace is the Hauz- i- Jehangiri, a huge 'bath tub' carved out of a single block of stone.

Architecture of Jehangir Palace
From architectural point of view, Jehangir Palace is a beautiful blend of the Hindu and Central Asian styles of architecture - a contrast to the typical Mughal style which had developed by the time of Shah Jahan. Jehangir Palace is an interesting structure known mainly for extensive borrowing of Hindu elements in the architecture. Other remarkable feature on this magnificent palace is its interior painting work that is a rare piece of the Bundela School of painting - a unique kind of ornamental painting in India.

How to Reach
By Air : Kheria Airport is located at a distance of 8 kms from the town, which is connected by domestic flights with Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho and other parts of the country. A daily flight of Alliance Air connects Agra with Varanasi, Khajuraho and Delhi.

By Train : Agra Cantt. Railway station is the main railhead of Agra, which is served by various trains from different parts of India. From Delhi Taj Express, Shatabadi Express run daily to Agra. Apart from these, several trains run from Delhi/ New Delhi/ Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station to Agra.

By Bus : National and State Highways connect Agra with important places of Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring states like Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh etc. From Delhi, buses are available at regular interval for Agra's Idgah Depot. From the bus terminal, you can take the rickshaw or auto to reach the Agra Fort.

Places Where You Can Stay
Agra is one of the popular tourist destinations of India, so accommodation is not at all a problem there. From five star deluxe to cheap budget hotels, Agra offers everything according to your budget.

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