Decorated Alcove, Agra Fort

The Arches and Architecture of Agra Fort

The Taj Mahal is the primary tourist attraction when visiting the city of Agra in India.  However just down the Yamuna River, Agra Fort also provides excellent architectural photo opportunities.  Agra Fort is the second most visited monument in Agra after the Taj Mahal and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Agra Fort is a huge (1.5 mile perimeter) red sandstone fort that was also used as a palace.  It was also where Shah Jahan who constructed the Taj Mahal was imprisoned by his son.  Portions of Agra Fort are still used by the army today.

Inside the fort are a variety of palaces, gardens, courtyards, and mosques all of which are decorated with a mix of Hindu and Islamic architecture.  The fort contains a huge variety of arches, archways, and decorations carved into the walls that can provide interesting compositions for a photographer.  The arches can be seen throughout the fort.

Decorated Alcove and Wall, Agra Fort

Agra Fort is a terrific place to focus on tight compositions of the architecture and decorative carvings the adorn the walls of the fort.  The fort also has an interesting selection of doors decorated with arches that make for nice compositions.  Overall, Agra Fort is a fun place to photograph.

Ornate Door, Agra Fort

No tripods are allowed in the Agra Fort.  You must also go through a security screening and bag search to enter the fort.  You should bring along a polarizing filter and graduated neutral density filter as it can be very bright in Agra during the day.

Alcove Patterns, Agra Fort

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