Side Trips from Delhi Sights

Akbar's Tomb

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Published 04/07/2016

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Akbar's resting place, in what's now the small town of Sikandra, was begun by the emperor himself in 1602 and completed after his death by Jahangir. Topped with white marble and flanked by graceful minarets, this mausoleum of rough red sandstone sits in a typical Mughal garden called a charbagh—four quadrants separated by waterways. The garden, however, is not well tended, and Jat raiders (who invaded Agra after the fall of the Mughul empire) destroyed much of the gold work that once adorned the tomb, though the British partially restored it. In a domed chamber three stories high, the crypt is inscribed with the 99 names of Allah, plus the phrases Allah-o-Akbar (God is great) at the head and Jalla Jalalahu (Great is His glory) at the foot. It's a charming spot to visit; you'll spot many langurs (long-tailed monkeys) and deer in the gardens. Akbar had originally meant this to be the official resting place for the Mughals, but it didn't turn out that way: only two of his daughters are buried here. You can actually see the tomb's enormous gateway, topped with bright tilework, from the train from Delhi—look out the left window 10 or 15 minutes before the train is due to reach Agra.

Sight Information

Address:

10 km (6 miles) north of Agra on Grand Trunk Rd. to Delhi, Sikandra, Uttar Pradesh, 282007, India

Sight Details:

  • Rs. 110 (Rs. 100 with a ticket to Taj Mahal)
  • Daily sunrise–sunset

Published 04/07/2016

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