Akbar Tomb is popularly known as Sikandra in the city and it is a great piece of Mughal architecture of that time. It is a great masterpiece which is tremendously outstanding work of design and construction. Starting from the ceiling going through the walls and ending at the doors panels, everything is fascinatingly designed inside Akbar’s Tomb. And the expertise on the architecture of the Mughal Empire is visualized in the compactly huge form of Tomb.
The real tomb of the great Mughal emperor Akbar is situated in the basement which is unfortunately not open for tourist. The basement has panels, places to pass air and an open door where the actual body of Akbar is kept as per the traditions. Out of all the gates to enter and exit the tomb building, the south gate is the largest and enriched with vast work of architecture. Akbar’s Tomb is situated on 119 acres of land in Sikandra area which is a suburb of the Agra city in Uttar Pradesh state of India.
Its story is distinguished from that of The Taj Mahal. Shahjahan started Taj Mahal’s construction for her Begam, Mumtaj which is the mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal especially. But the Sikandra Tomb’s construction was commenced by Badshah Akbar himself to keep his sepulture. Tomb has huge garden inside where you can easily spot antelope, monkeys and peacocks.
It is said that while the grandson of Akbar, Aurangzeb was ruling the Mughal Empire, the rebellious Jats tapped the Akbar Tomb and plundered a big amount of valuable articles, gold, silver and jewels. Furthermore, they destroyed a significant part of the tomb as well. In the meantime, the Tomb was damaged and suffered much which was repaired extensively by British under Lord Curzon.
How to Reach
It is also called Tomb of Akbar the great. It touches the Mathura Road Agra (NH2) and it’s not too far away from the center. You can easily reach there as it is just at a 10 km distance from the Agra city center and 11 km from the Agra Airport. Taj Mahal to Akabr Tomb distance is approximately 14 KM by road. It is well connected with Agra city by road, and convenient modes of transport are also available easily.
There are three roadways to reach Akbar Tomb from Agra city centre. Via Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Via Bagh Farzana RD and via National Highway, all three ways are almost of the same distance. You will reach to the actual tomb after entering the premises from the external gate and then into the internal door. Going through the passage you will reach the main complex and in the basement, you can find the true mausoleum of Akbar.
If I have to describe the beauty of the premises and the architecture, I can say it is massively awesome, sleek and deliberately attractive enough that would steal the heart of anyone with its beauty.
Timings and Entry Fee
The Akbar Tomb is open for visitors from sunrise to sunset usually 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Huge parking space is also available in the designated area where you can park your vehicle. Winters are said to be best season in Agra as summers might be too hot and max temperature could be as high as 48 degree Celsius.
Entry Fee is Rs. 30 only for Indians and Rs. 30 if you are coming from a SAARC nation. However foreigners have to pay Rs. 310 to see the monument. If there are children with you below 15 years of age, you do not need to buy tickets for them.