Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Burness Corner: Agra Fort

The latest in the series of snippets from the blog of my erstwhile travelling companion, Burness, as well as a short interview, on his views on a World Wonder. This time: Agra Fort.

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We visited the Red Fort in the late afternoon. Our careful planning for our visit coinciding with the evening sound and light show back fired on us. Nev and Danielle had taken note of the time for the English version, but when we arrived they’d swapped the timings around so the Hindi version was first on. This meant that we couldn’t watch the sound and light show in English as we had a train to catch.

We collected the audio tour guides and started our visit. We only had a chance to get half way through as the Red Fort shuts at 5:30pm, much to our dismay. I visited the Red Fort during my first time in Agra, and I didn’t think it was a wonder candidate. I didn’t change my mind on my second visit, it’s got a great history, but it’s not much to look at. Also, Scotland has loads of castles and forts, so it’s not exactly an original looking building for me.

We watched the sound and light show for about 20 minutes. It appeared as if the legend and stories of the Red Fort were being told while coloured lights were directed at different parts of the building, but we didn’t have a clue because it was all in Hindi.  It was a pretty pointless experience when we didn’t understand a word of what was going on.


Had you heard of Agra Fort before travelling?

Yes, I’d been before.

What were your expectations?

Originally, not particularly high. And second time around, even less so.

What was your first impression?

Originally, it reminded me of the forts you get in the UK, just looks like a fort. I wasn’t keen to go back, to be honest. [how did you feel on that return visit?]. Well I got an audio guide this time round, and it was a lot more interesting hearing about the history.

What did you like most about Agra Fort?

I liked learning about the history.

What didn't you like about Agra Fort?

Its boring fortiness.

Would you regard Agra Fort as a World Wonder?

No, definitely not.

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