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Agra Fort

Although the Taj Mahal is the main reason why so many tourists visit Agra, the city does have a couple of other attractions worth passing an hour or so. The first of these is the Agra Fort, also known as the Red Fort – not to be confused with Delhi’s Mughal palace of the same name.

In fact Agra’s Red Fort, built by Akbar the third (Mughal Emperor from 1556 to his death in 1605) is earlier than Shah Jahan’s Delhi fortress, for which it served as a model.

© Mark Simms Photography (2014)

The Red Fort

Largely constructed of red sandstone, Delhi’s Lal Qila (Red Fort) was built between 1639 and 1648 by the same Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, responsible for the Jama Masjid, Old Delhi and the Taj Mahal.

In the west, a fort is purely military in nature, but in India the word “fort” refers to a fortified palace. These were as much opulent residences for the ruling classes and centres of government/justice, as they were military structures. They were very much symbols of wealth and power on which no expense was spared…….and the Mughal Emperors were fabulously wealthy.

I don’t mind admitting that I struggled a bit with photographing Delhi’s Red Fort…..it’s a sprawling site with no real stand-out focal point. Also it was hot and humid under the harsh mid-day Indian sun and my energy levels were dipping a little.

© Mark Simms Photography (2014)

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