We were here during our Agra tour. It was a quick and nice stopover. Good view of the city from the top.
This octagonal white tower with the gilded copper dome was quite literally the gilded cage used to imprison Shah Jahan by his own son. I learned and experienced the cruelty of this location—it has a clear view of the Taj Mahal, the final resting place of Shah Jahan’s beloved wife. Ironically, Shah Jahan never visited the completed Taj Mahal in life. His final “visit” occurred in death when he was buried at the Taj Mahal along with his beloved Mumtaz Mahal. The only comfort that Shah Jahan was afforded in his last days was that his daughters, Roshnara and Jahanara lived in the Khas Mahal, the white palace which is adjoined to the Shah Burj. I also found the gardens in front of the Khas Mahal to be quite beautiful, though they must have been a reminder of Shah Jahan’s loss of freedom when he viewed them from the tower.
During my visit, I could not help but think of the twists and turns and highs and lows that was Shah Jahan’s life. A once powerful man who died in an isolated tower of a painful kidney disease. This is a location that appeared so beautiful to me as a visitor, but must have been as punishing as any prison for the dethroned Shah Jahan.
It is in this place we have the bests views of Taj Mahal from Agra Fort, one of the few places now in Agra Fort where we can go to na upper level, everywhere else is closed, maybe for restoration or who knows why.
It is situated inside the Agra Fort. It is said that from the windows/jharokhas of this burj, Shah Jahan used to look at Taj Mahal and remembered his late wife. Visit this place with a guide to hear more stories regarding this place. Unfortunately, this place is closed for public now as public has damaged some of the embedded stones and carvings of this place (as told to us by the guide).
Shah Burj, also known as Musamman Burj is a delicate citadel located near DIwan-e-Khas in Agra Fort. One must visit the Shah Burj and experience the magical view of the Taj from there. Also, pay close attention to the jharokhas and marble pillars that display some of the most beautiful inlay work of the Mughal era.
Its called the Shajahan's residential area and its where he was inprisoned by his sun Aurangazeb. Its a beutiful place with a view to the taj Mahal