A short distance from Agra, lies the tomb of the Mughal Emperor
Akbar the Great, in Sikandra. Akbar who ruled over the Mughal
Empire from 1556 to 1605, began building his mausoleum in
the spartan style of Timurid architecture. The mausoleum was
completed by his son, the next Mughal Emperor, Jahangir, who
added more decorative elements to the design of Akbar's tomb
in Sikandra. You can see Akbar's Tomb in Sikandra, on tours
to Agra, with Agra Hub.
The entrance to Akbar's tomb in Sikandra is under a huge arched
gateway, similar to the Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur Sikri.
There are beautiful calligraphic inscriptions on the white
marble front of the gate. As you enter the gate you will see
a formal garden in the charbagh tradition, and the tomb of
Akbar situated at the center. Within the same complex is another
sober tomb made of red sandstone, which contains the grave
of Akbar's wife Mariam, the mother of Jahangir.
Akbar's tomb in Sikandra is built in a pyramidal shape, with
an open terrace covered with carved latticework screens. The
actual grave is in the basement and is decorated with paintings
in colorful golden, green and blue hues on the stucco walls.
While the tomb is not magnificent in the manner of the Taj
Mahal, it has a quiet dignity that befits this regal emperor.
There are lawns outside the impressive gateway, where deer
can be seen. Birds nest in the trees leading to the gate and
monkeys, which have got used to visitors, scamper up curiously
hoping to be fed. The serene location of Akbar's Tomb in Sikandra
makes it a quiet retreat, where you can spend some time admiring
the architecture and wondering about the life and times of
the greatest of the Mughal Emperors.
Agra Hub offers tours to Agra, where you can see the monuments
of Agra including Akbar's tomb in Sikandra.