Agra - Sikandra Islamic tomb
Sikandra (Akbar’s Tomb) Sikandra is a small town outside Agra, where the impressive sandstone and marble tomb of Akbar is located. Akbar was the Mughal Emperor between 1556 and 1605, and he was known as a fair and just ruler.
Akbar started the construction himself. After his death, his son Jehangir completed it, changing some of the plans. The entrance gate, Buland Darwaza (Gateway of Magnificence) is gigantic. It is made of sandstone and has marble geometric patterns on it and inscriptions from the Koran.
The large central mausoleum has marble domes and is relatively simple. A ramp on the south side goes down to where Akbar’s body is located. There are deer and monkeys in the park here. Delhi Gate is located across the road from the mausoleum. This place is located about 15km outside of Agra on the road going toward Mathura. Open 6.30 am to 5.30 pm; admission Rs 15 except on Friday when it is free, video camera Rs 25. To get here by bus you take a bus going to Mathura from the Agra Fort bus stand (Rs 5). An auto-rickshaw will cost Rs 100 for a return trip with a hour waiting time.