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SikandraAgra

Admire the richly ornamented gateways, opulent shrine and manicured gardens of the final resting place of Mughal emperor Akbar the Great.

Sikandra is a grandiose complex famous for being the home of the tomb of Akbar the Great, the greatest Mughal leader. This glorious monument showcases a harmonious fusion of Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic and Jain art and architecture. Marvel at a collection of lavish red sandstone and marble gateways, chambers and minarets. Enjoy a moment of peace and serenity while wandering along the pathways of a tree-shaded garden.

Emperor Akbar started work on Sikandra and his own mausoleum in the early 1600s and it was completed by his son, Jehangir. Akbar’s dream was to create a blend of religious themes befitting of his well-known tolerance of spiritual beliefs. The complex takes its name from Sikandra Lodi, the former Sultan of Delhi who established the district in which it stands.

The complex has four imposing gateways, although the northern gate suffered some lightning damage. The eastern and western gates feature stucco work, mosaics and dome-shaped pavilions, called chhatri. The southern and most impressive gateway is the main entrance to the mausoleum. Note its huge central archway, intricate mosaic work and four white-marble minarets, each crowned by a chhatri.

A wide stone causeway leads from the southern gateway to the complex’s main building and Akbar’s tomb. On either side of the causeway are sprawling, tree-lined lawns. Spot deer, monkeys and peacocks. Additional pathways connect with the other gateways.

The building is a 5-tier structure that resembles the shape of a truncated pyramid. Adorning the exterior walls are huge iwans, which are vaulted halls, beautified by mosaics and semi-precious stones. Look up to see a series of chhatri and minarets. Inside, colorful floral, Arabic and calligraphic patterns festoon the hallway that connects to the Tomb of Akbar the Great. Additional chambers house the graves of Akbar’s daughters and the Mughal princess Zeb-un-Nisa.

Find the complex in the district of Sikandra, located in northwest Agra. It’s about a 30-minute drive from Agra Cantonment railway station. Get here via taxis and low-cost auto rickshaws.

Sikandra is open daily from dawn until dusk and there’s an admission fee.


Popular places to visit in Sikandra

Tomb of Akbar the Great
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Tomb of Akbar the Great

4/5(8 reviews)

With intricate detailing, expansive gardens and a somber burial chamber, this splendid tomb is an apt tribute to one of the Mughal Empire’s greatest rulers.

Taj Mahal
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Taj Mahal

5/5(32 reviews)

The white mausoleum for Shah Jahan’s third wife is a timeless, ingenious work of art. Decorative carvings, stone inlays and mosaics inspire awe of Mughal culture. 

Agra Fort
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Agra Fort

4.5/5(23 reviews)

An impressive defensive structure built for Mughal emperors is a vast citadel encompassing marble towers, palaces, mosques and gardens.

Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb
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Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb

4.5/5(6 reviews)

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Jama Masjid
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Jama Masjid

4/5(11 reviews)

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Moti Masjid
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Moti Masjid

5/5(4 reviews)

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Top hotels in Sikandra

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
OYO 22826 Hotel Sheltear & Resturant
OYO 22826 Hotel Sheltear & Resturant
3 out of 5
13 Pandit Radharaman Satyavichitra Rd, Vijay Mkt Sikandra Crossng Op Akbar Tmb, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Located in Sikandra, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Tomb of Akbar the Great and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Guru ka Tal. Mariam's Tomb and St. John's College are ...

OYO 22826 Hotel Sheltear & Resturant
Hotel Royal by KS
Hotel Royal by KS
2.5 out of 5
NH 2, Sikandra, Opposite Akbar Tomb, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Located in Sikandra, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tomb of Akbar the Great and Mariam's Tomb. Guru ka Tal is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

Hotel Royal by KS
GenX Agra By 1589
GenX Agra By 1589
3.5 out of 5
Block #66 & 73, NH 2, Delhi Agra Road, Next to Dawar Industries, Sikandra, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
The price is Rs5,000 per night from 23 Sep to 24 Sep

Located in Sikandra, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Tomb of Akbar the Great and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Guru ka Tal. Mariam's Tomb and St. John's College are also ...

GenX Agra By 1589
Hotel Sunway Inn
Hotel Sunway Inn
3 out of 5
NH 2, Near Akbar Tomb, Sikandra, Agra, UP
The price is Rs1,499 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

Located in Sikandra, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Tomb of Akbar the Great and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Guru ka Tal. St. John's College and Soami Bagh Temple ...

2/5 (1 review)

"Condition is bad, cleaning very bad, Location is ok"…"

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2019

Hotel Sunway Inn
Madhu Resorts
Madhu Resorts
3 out of 5
NH-2 , Near Sikandra, Mathura Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Located in Sikandra, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mariam's Tomb and Tomb of Akbar the Great. Guru ka Tal is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

Madhu Resorts
OYO 11005 Hotel Shanti Palace
OYO 11005 Hotel Shanti Palace
2.5 out of 5
C-1/19, SEC-13, Avas Vikas Colony, Sikandra, Agra

Located in Sikandra, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Tomb of Akbar the Great and within 3 miles (5 km) of Mariam's Tomb and Guru ka Tal. Agra Fort and Kinari ...

OYO 11005 Hotel Shanti Palace

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