Sheesh Mahal

Sheesh Mahal

  • Agra
  • Uttar Pradesh
  • India

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Sheesh Mahal, Agra Overview

Sheesh Mahal, Agra is one of the most heart-warming tourist places inside the Agra Fort. All the credit to its wow factor goes to the fabulous structure of Sheesh Mahal. Sheesh Mahal is located on the western side of the Musamman Burj that is also known as Diwan-i-Khas. This place projects the beautiful sight. Shah Jahan made Sheesh Mahal, Agra an addition amongst many others. Sheesh Mahal, Agra was erected between 1631-1640 AD, and is also a place of imperial bath of the Emperor. In order to keep the interiors of the fort, the walls are intentionally built extra thick.

Do you have any idea why it is called by such a name? Well, the reason behind the same is because of the wide use of mirrors both in its walls and ceilings. In fact, when illuminated, the mirrors would lend a glittering effect to the whole palace.

Architecture

Sheesh Mahal, gra is one of the fabulously erected mahals of Agra and in fact, the entire country. Sheesh Mahal is acknowledged for being a work of perfection and there is no second thought about that. Sheesh Mahal boasts of two large halls inside the palace of equal size, each measuring 11m by 6.5m. Both these halls are connected through a wide arched opening right in the centre as well as two narrow passages on the sides.

Best Time to Visit:

Sheesh Mahal is open and can be visited all around the year. Since it is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the summers are very hot with an average temperature up to 42 degree Celsius. The ideal time to visit this fort is during winters as it very cool and pleasant during those months and are said to be perfect time for sightseeing.

Travelling Information:

Sheesh Mahal, Agra boasts of separate entry fees for both Indian and international tourists. While Indian tourists have to pay 40 INR, international tourists, on the other hand, are supposed to pay 550 INR. There are no entry charges for children below 15 years of age.

How to Reach:

People who are travelling via air, the nearest airport is Agra's Kheria airport, which also has military base. Those who are coming over through bus, Agra is one of the well-connected cities of India with major other cities such as Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Lucknow and Kanpur. For those who are travelling via rail, there are five railway stations namely, Agra Cantt Station (the main station), Agra Fort Railway Station, Raja ki Mandi, Agra City and Idgah Railway Station.

Interesting Facts:

One of the most interesting facts about Sheesh Mahal, Agra is that it got its name because of the wide usage of mirrors in its ceilings as well as walls. Moreover, the mirrors used in the construction of Sheesh Mahal, Agra were specially brought from an ancient city in Aleppo, Syria named, Haleb. This also served the purpose of imperial bath. Well, one of the most interesting facts about Sheesh Mahal, Agra is that when one taps at certain places, unusual sound is produced.

Nearby Attractions:

Below are some of the top-notch places one can visit after exploring Sheesh Mahal:
• Sri Mankameshwar Temple
• Sadar Bazar
• Akbar's Tomb
• Taj Mahal

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