Sikandra Travel Guide

  • South Gateway façade decorations, Feb 2009
    South Gateway façade decorations, Feb...
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  • West Gate, seen through trees - Feb 2009
    West Gate, seen through trees - Feb 2009
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  • North Gate of Akbar's Tomb - Feb 2009
    North Gate of Akbar's Tomb - Feb 2009
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Sikandra Things to Do

  • Kanch Mahal

    Located a short distance east of the main entrance into the Mausoleum of Emperor Akbar, this small but elegant palace is known as Kanch Mahal. It was completed in 1619 AD by Emperor Jehangir (Akbar's son) as a hunting lodge for the imperial women. Built from red and yellow sandstone, Kanch Mahal is decorated with detailed bas-reliefs and inlaid...

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  • Akbar's Tomb

    Built in 1605 by the great Mughal Emperor as his own mausoleum, Akbar's Tomb is a masterpiece of Mughal-period architecture. Akbar died before the completion of the tomb, but the last of the construction was overseen by his son Emperor Jahangir. It was considered eclectic in design, combining elements of Persian, Islamic, Hindu and Jain...

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  • Akbar's Tomb - Central Mausoleum

    Unlike any mausoleum in the Indian subcontinent, the Central Mausoleum of Akbar's Tomb is in the shape of a tiered pyramid. It is also unique in that it contains no central dome or minarets (aside from those at the South Gate). The first four levels are built in red sandstone, while the top floor is in white marble. Numerous chhatris (domed...

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  • Gurudwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur

    This multi-domed structure is a Sikh temple dedicated to Guru Tegh Bahadur. It is also sometimes referred to as Gurudwara ka Taal and is an important pilgrimage site. It was built at the location where the Guru surrendered to the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, in Sikandra, near Agra. Although it appears old, the temple was in fact constructed only in...

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  • Akbar's Tomb - Gardens

    Beautifully landscaped, the gardens of Akbar's Tomb are kept as they would have been upon completion in 1614. Herds of deer and troops of monkeys roam the lawns, while a variety of birds take stop for a rest, also as they would have in the 17th century. The garden itself follows a charbagh layout, consisting of four quadrants separated by paved...

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  • Akbar's Tomb - Mausoleum Interior

    The interior of the mausoleum of Akbar is one of the most beautifully and elaborately decorated I have seen in India (the Taj Mahal's interior, by comparison, is a bit of a letdown due to the lack of rich ornamentation). The walls and vaulted ceilings of the interior, particularly the entrance hall on the south side, contain very intricate...

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  • Akbar's Tomb - South Gate

    A masterpiece and a monument in itself, the South Gate of Akbar's tomb is the most exquisite Mughal gateway ever built. It is the main - and only - entrance into the complex and is thus the grandest and most adorned among the four gate structures (the other three are essentially pavilions (baradaris) providing symmetry in architecture, rather than...

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  • Akbar's Tomb - East Gate

    The East Gate is similar to the West Gate both in purpose (i.e. to provide symmetry rather than an entry point) and design, but contains slightly less decorations. The same superb inlaid geometric and floral motifs cover the façade around the iwan arch, but the interior of the iwan is unadorned. It is unclear whether or not it was ever decorated,...

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  • Akbar's Tomb - West Gate

    The West Gate is more of a pavilion (baradari) to provide symmetry in architecture, rather than an actual gate. It is similar in design to the East Gate, though more richly decorated. Both are dominated by a large central iwan arch, which rises higher than the rest of the structure, but the West Gate differs in the use of two small chhatris to...

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  • Mariam Zamani's Tomb

    This ruined red brick structure is the mausoleum of Mariam Zamani, built by her son the Mughal Emperor Jehangir upon her death in 1623. She was the wife of Emperor Akbar, whose grand mausoleum lies just to the north of her own. Unlike Akbar's tomb, hers is in a rather bad state of preservation with the upper floor of the building significantly...

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  • Akbar's Tomb - North Gate

    Time was unkind to the North Gate, the only ruined structure in Akbar's Tomb. It likely resembled the East and West Gates, with a large iwan arch and richly decorated façade.

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  • Other gatehouses

    The tomb of Akbar has four gateways facing four different directions, with southern gateway as the main entrance and other three built just for the ornamental purposes. The northern gateway was struck by lightning some years ago and is in ruins now. It was built in red sandstone and was decorated using mosaic and stuccowork, inlaying and painting....

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  • Deer and monkeys!

    These are Langurs, black-faced monkeys that have found a safe haven in the beautiful gardens surrounding the mausoleum. They were so tame and just sitting there with their feet up that you could get within just a few feet of them. I took some photo's of them before an Indian women started giving them chipati's when suddenly all hell broke lose as a...

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  • Interior detail and tomb

    Located centrally in the square plan, at the junction of four causeways dividing the garden into four quarters, the main tomb building has five storeys built in the shape of a truncated pyramid. It stands on a high stone platform. The vestibule leading to the Akbar's tomb is decorated with wonderfull floresque, arabesque and calligraphic designs....

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  • Main gatehouse

    The main gatehouse lies at the southern end of the complex and is fairly dramatic as it features 4 tall white marble minarets on the four corners. All of these minarets are built in four tiers that diminish in diameter to the top and are crowned by chhatri. This double-storeyed gateway has a central archway with wings on the side having two arched...

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  • Akbar's mausoleum

    Akbar started building his own mausoleum, near Agra, that was to be a perfect blend of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist and Jain designs and motifs, bespeaking of his religious tolerance and secular views. However, he could not complete it and died. Thus, his son Jehangir completed his tomb (between 1605-12), popularly known as Sikandra after...

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  • Feed the monkeys

    Local children will sell you a bag of nuts so that you can feed some of the many monkeys that roam the site. They are very tame and will eat out of your hand.

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  • Akbar the Great

    Akbar the Great was born 1542 and ruled from 1556 until his death in 1605. He was generally considered the true founder of the Mughal Empire and was one of the greatest rulers in Indian history. Check the web site below for much more information about Akbar.

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Sikandra Transportation

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    by Willettsworld Written May 22, 2007

    This is my lazy auto-rickshaw driver taking a nap outside the tomb at Sikandra. I took a tour with him from near the fort in Agra to Sikandra via the large mosque (Jama Masjid) and back again for Rs200 which, considering that Sikandra is some 20km away from Agra, was, I thought, quite a good price.

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Sikandra Tourist Traps

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    by grets Written May 30, 2005

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    As well as selling monkey food to tourists (a practice where all involved benefit - the children make money, the monkeys get fed and the tourists enjoy feeding the animals), local children will also pose for photographs for a rupee or two. The only problem is that they photographs look very posed and unnatural.

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