The main entrance is through the Southern gate. This design is of red sandstone with decorative inlay work in yellow, white and black marble. There are panels of fine calligraphy of the Koran as well as wonderful floral and geometric designs form the decoration.
Akbar’s son Jahangir completed the work on the tomb in 1613. There are 4 red sandstone gates which provide entry to the complex. One is Hindu design another is Christian and a third is Muslim. The fourth is Akbar’s own design.
The Mughal Emperor Akbah also known as Akbah The Great ruled from 1556 to 1605 across northern India. His tomb is situated around 8 kms from Agra. Akbar is thought to have designed and begun construction of the mausoleum.
It's actually Akbar's tomb built in 1613. In the square a group of black-face monkey stay. It's fun to observe those both naughty and smart animals. The gate and hall are both red buildings with white-lind decoration. The four pillars on the gate are extremely tall and long and the interior wall and ceiling of the hall is decorated with pretty blue, gold, black and red patterns... Tourists are able to walk through a dark path for reaching the place where emperor's coffin situates. But personally I don't recommend you to stay there too long or alone as it's quite a frightening room....
Attention: 1) When you take pictures of monkeys, please don't be too close to them. In order to protect the kid, female monkey could attach you. 2) Watch out the steps in front of hall. They are all in the same colors and could be dangerous.
Just 4 km outside of Agra, on the main Dehli - Agra road is this very interesting structure. Started by Akbar himself as his mausoleum, it was partially torn down and then finished by his son Jahangir. Akbar is quite famous for his grasp of architecture and love of art. His building near Agra Fort and the imperial city of Fatehpur all show his prowess. His son, however, seemed more governed by emotion and the structure of Akbar's Tomb is witness to this.
Well worth the visit, the entry gate and gardens are beautiful. The tomb itself never received the final dome for some reason, so it appears like a castle of playing cards, 5 stories high.
Akbar’s mausoleum at Sikandra, 10 kms from Agra, can be visited by hiring an autorickshaw for the day. The construction of the mausoleum was begun by Akbar himself, and completed in 1613 by his son Jahangir. In a way, it is typical of the bold masculine red sandstone structures built by Akbar and the delicately crafted white marble buildings of Jahangir and Shah Jahan. The entrance is through a huge gateway that blocks view of the tomb from outside.
While he was still alive, Emperor Akbar began building his own tomb. The mausoleum is located in Sikandara, outside Agra.
Set at the center of garden, the mausoleum has five stories with square designs that is atypical to Mughal architectures.
Intricate jali screens are set in arched recesses within the terrace. Akbar’s daughters Aram Bano and Shakrul Nisha Begum also have their centotaphs placed here.
In the centre of the Mausoleum is a replica of Akbar’s Tomb which is beautifully carved with both floral and arabesque designs. There are also inscribed, 99 names of Allah.
In the basement which is dimly lit is Akbars real cenotaph over which suspends a lamp much like the one at the Taj Mahal. The sombre tomb is watched over by a sole guard.
You will also see quite a few langur monkeys which appear to be fairly tame. There was a guy feeding them. I don’t know if he was employed to do so or just befriended them.
The complex with its gardens is apparently a favourite picnic spot for couples and families. The water channels are unfortunately dry but the gardens must have been quite beautiful in its day.
Burial site of the greatest Mughal emperor, he supposedly designed it himself. Simple but very large.
Jehangir's Palace is the largest private residence in the Red Fort and was built by Akbar for his son.