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Khas Mahal


Khas Mahal Agra Fort Khas Mahal in popular Agra fort attraction. In simple language it can be understood as "Khas" means "Special" and "Mahal" means "Palace". It was a special palace of Agra Fort is buit by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, between 1631-1640. Khas Mahal has the river Yamuna at the one side and Angoori Bagh on the other side. It is also known as Aramgah-I-Muqaddar which fortunate resting place. It has many of the features which we can find in his Delhi palace, which was made shortly after this construction. During Agra fort sightseeing, tourists prefers to visit this palace and spend sometime here to appreciate its beauty, architecture and views. It has important place in Agra fort sightseeing which supports Agra tourism. It is also supporting tourism development of Uttar Pradesh Tourism as Agra tourism is its important pillar.

Khas Mahal

Emperor Shah Jehan built it for his two favorite daughters Jahanara and Roshanara. It has a beautiful tank in front with fountains, white marble pavilions and open courts. Shah Jahan was fond of white marble and tried to use it wherever he find the scope. The central hall or baradari and the adjoining portico is almost of same size. The arched recesses of the main hall lead to the side rooms. The richly ornamented ceilings of the palace are flat and the complex has stylishly carved and molded brackets. Windows have alabaster pannels, overlooking the river. This attracts majority of the tourists and they capture it in their cameras. The niches in the walls are believed to have contained portraits of Mughal emperors while the iron rings in the roof of the central hall were once for the chandeliers. It is believed that Jahanara lived in the northern one of the two almost same pavilions separated from the central hall by a high marble wall. These red sand stone pavilions have been plastered with white shell plaster and have skilful gold work in its mural paintings. The interiors are profusely ornamented in floral and geometrical patterns from the dados to the ceiling. Gold and blue, the royal colors, have been used everywhere and still their remains are visible on the walls. Its side pavilions have bangla-roofs which was a new style of roof inspired from buildings of Bengal. Khas Mahal have two pavilions in its right and left. Right one is considered as bed-room of emperor Shah Jahan where as left one was Bangla-i-darshan

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