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Hammam

Introduction
Agra Fort Hammam Hammam in Agra fort is popular place to see during fort sightseeing. It is counted among popular Agra fort attractions. The Shahi hammam also called as Gushal-Khana was actually built by emperor Akbar and was renovated by Shah Jahan. It is a closed complex of octagonal halls and rooms, interconnected by corridors, with only a few jali openings on the river-side. The instrument room above the furnaces had two large deghs (pots) of brass and copper. Clay and copper pipes, sunk mysteriously in the masonry walls, were conducted to other rooms some of which also had miniature tanks hidden in corners at dodo-height the secret of this mechanism is not known to us till day. Construction is in brick masonry but pavements and dados were originally finished in white marble. Walls were stuccoed and painted. Every room is connected by a hypocaust-system. A ventilator is provided at the apex of each cupola shaped domed ceiling. Some backyard quarters served the purpose of imperial toilet. Its mechanism shows that some sort of air-conditioning was worked and this was mainly used as a summer palace for conducting business of confidential nature. As foreign travelers have observed.

The rank of this Hammam In Mughal Hammams is very upper. There are three tanks on the roof. These tanks were filled by river water drawn by rehant near the Khizri or water gate. Water was supplied to fountains, waterfalls, Nagina Masjid, Machchhi Bhavan, Sheesh Mahal and Muthamman Burj from these over head tanks. At the Mughal time river water was clean, pure and fully potable. King Shahjahan used it for drinking. Aurangzeb besieged the Fort after the battle of Samogarh and stopped its water supply from the river to forcing the king to surrender on 8 June, 1658. Thereafter Aurangzeb secured the Fort gates by additional Barbicans. As Agra fort is considered as important tourist attraction in Agra tourism thus it is important to know about its popular fort attractions. We recommend visiting Hammams during Agra fort sightseeing.

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