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Tomb of Akbar the Great

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.

In a city that is also home to such iconic Indian landmarks as the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort of Agra, the Tomb of Akbar the Great holds its own special appeal. Admire the artistry of the decorative detailing and observe wildlife grazing on the lush lawns in front of the tomb.

Akbar was one of the Mughal Empire's most influential rulers and is commonly known as “the Great.” The ornate and splendid designs reflect the status of this esteemed leader.

The complex's most popular entry point is Southgate, an arched edifice flanked by 70-foot (21-meter) minarets. Examine the white marble façade and note the geometric stucco decorations adorning the arch walls. You can also enter through the Westgate, where a Persian inscription states the date of the tomb's construction and the names of the designers responsible for it.

The inner gardens of the tomb complex stretch out over more than 100 acres (40 hectares) and are split up into quarters by brick-laid causeways. Walk the palm tree-lined paths and spot monkeys and antelopes frolicking on the expansive lawns. Be aware that walking on the grass is not permitted. 

At the intersection of the causeways, the central point of the complex, you’ll find the red sandstone mausoleum. Make your way around the building to see its columned façade and photograph its smooth domes. Inside, blue and gold detailing decorate the walls of the first floor. 

Down in the burial chamber, Akbar's cenotaph sits atop a rectangular pyramid. Note the austere, bare walls, which were left unadorned out of respect to the ruler. 

The tomb of Akbar the Great is a short rickshaw ride northwest from downtown Agra. There is an admission fee for the complex and it is open from sunrise to sunset. Guided tours are available. Visit the tomb early to see the eastern face of the building dramatically illuminated by the morning sun.


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OYO 22826 Hotel Sheltear & Resturant
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13 Pandit Radharaman Satyavichitra Rd, Vijay Mkt Sikandra Crossng Op Akbar Tmb, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 Soami Bagh Temple are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    Hotel Royal by KS
    Hotel Royal by KS

    Hotel Royal by KS

    NH 2, Sikandra, Opposite Akbar Tomb, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      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 Sunway Inn Rs1,200
      Hotel Sunway Inn

      Hotel Sunway Inn

      NH 2, Near Akbar Tomb, Sikandra, Agra, UP
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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. Soami Bagh Temple and St. John's College are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        OYO 11005 Hotel Shanti Palace
        OYO 11005 Hotel Shanti Palace

        OYO 11005 Hotel Shanti Palace

        C-1/19, SEC-13, Avas Vikas Colony, Sikandra, Agra
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          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 Bazar are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Madhu Resorts
          Madhu Resorts

          Madhu Resorts

          NH-2 , Near Sikandra, Mathura Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            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.

            Treebo Trip K N Plaza
            Treebo Trip K N Plaza

            Treebo Trip K N Plaza

            Sikandra-Bodla Rd, sector 9, Avas Vikas Colony, Sikandra, Agra
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Sikandra, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 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 Bazar are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              OYO 13475 KN Plaza
              OYO 13475 KN Plaza

              OYO 13475 KN Plaza

              55 Sikandara Bodla Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Sikandra, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 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 Bazar are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                Hotel Jodhaa The Great Rs2,800
                Hotel Jodhaa The Great

                Hotel Jodhaa The Great

                INFRONT OF GURUDWARA, GURU KA TAAL,NH-2 SIKANDRA, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Agra, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Tomb of Akbar the Great and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Mariam's Tomb. Kinari Bazar and St. John's College are also within 6 miles (10 km).