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Understand Mughal Emperor Akbar better at his tomb at Sikandra

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The tomb of Akbar the great at Sikandra is an architectural masterpiece of Mughal era built in 16th century. The emperor himself commenced the construction of his own tomb in this serene land of Sikandra. However since he died before the completing it, so his son Jahangir took up the responsibility of the work. Inspired by multi religious designs and motifs, the Sikandra is an example of Akbar’s belief in all faith and religion. Spread across 150 acres of land, the tomb area is enclosed within a wall of 25 ft height and four gates on the four sides. The tomb has 3 storied red sandstone minarets’ that has intricate works and patterns with inlay work of white marble which is worth appreciating. A beautiful garden called Bahishtabad was designed surrounding the tomb. The 5 floored tomb is pyramidal in shape but the main tomb is square in design. While the lower four floors are constructed out of red stone, the entire 5th floor is made out of white marble. The central vestibule has intricately done applique and motif, exquisite carvings and paintings and along with floral designs adoring all the area. This is the place where Akbar’s tombstone lies. Both his daughters Shakrul Nisha Begum and Aram Bano have also been laid beside him.

See also : Embrace the calmness of Fatehpur Sikri

Timing: 06:00 am to 06:00 pm daily

Entry Fees: 110 INR (Foreigners); 10 INR (Indian); below 15 years have free entry.

Address: Asian Highway 1, Sikandra Crossing, Tomb of Akbar The Great Area, Sikandra, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282007

How to Reach: Sikandra is located 7 kilometers from Agra city along the Agra-Mathura road on NH-2. Ample amount of buses, taxis and rickshaw are available. The fare ranges between 5 INR to 30 INR depending on the mode of transport one opts for."

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