Tomb of akbar the great

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    Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

    Estimated Visiting Time: 1 hour

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    The Mughal emperor, Akbar the great’s tomb was built in 1605–1613 by his son Jahangir and the tomb is located in a sub of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, on 119 acres of grounds in Sikandra. In the suburbs of Agra, it is located at Sikandra, on the Mathura road, 8  km west-northwest of the city center. His favorite and most influential wife, the Tomb of Mariam-uz-Zamani, lies about 1  km away from the tomb.


    From a deep red sandstone, the buildings are constructed mainly which are enriched with features in white marble. The tomb and the main gatehouse are decorated with inlaid panels of these materials and a black slate. Later incorporated in Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb, panel designs are calligraphic, prefigure, geometric, floral, and more complex and subtle designs.


    Beautiful architecture in Tomb of Akbar the Great.

    Akbar‘s son, Jahangir planned and completed the construction of his father’s tomb, after his death, in 1605–1613. To build the construction cost 1,500,000 rupees and took 3 or 4 years to complete. Jats rose in rebellion under the leadership of Raja Ram Jat, during the reign of Aurangzeb. When Jats ransacked Akbar’s tomb, Mughal prestige suffered a blow plundering and looting the gold, jewels, silver, and carpets. The late king’s bones were burned after the grave was opened. George Curzon directed extensive repairs and restoration of Akbar’s mausoleum, as Viceroy of India, which were completed in 1905. With the passage of the Ancient Monuments Preservation Act in 1904, Curzon discussed the restoration of the mausoleum and other historical buildings in Agra in connection, when he elaborated the project as “an offering of reverence to the past and a gift of recovered beauty to the future”.  By pilgrims and people living nearby, this preservation project may have discouraged the veneration of the mausoleum.

    Inside/Outside Views

    Entry gate of the tomb of Akbar the Great in Agra on overcast day.

    With four white marble chhatri-topped minarets, the south gate is the largest, which is similar to those of the Taj Mahal and is the normal point of entry to the tomb.  By a walled enclosure 105 m square, the tomb itself is surrounded. Surmounted by a marble pavilion containing the false tomb, the tomb building is a four-tiered pyramid. As in other mausoleums, the true tomb is in the basement.

    Opening Hours

    24 hours a day.

    Entry & Others Fees

    • INR 30 is needed to pay for Indian nationals and
    • INR 310 is needed to pay for foreigners.

    How to Reach

    By Air: The nearest airport to the tomb is Agra Airport which is about  8.2 km away. Other nearby airports include Gwalior 99.7 km and Delhi 180 km.

    By Train: On the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai route Agra is situated and is well connected to most cities across India. The tomb is a short distance away from Agra Cantt railway station. One can hire a pre-paid taxi, auto rickshaw, or even a cycle rickshaw to reach the tomb.

    By Road: Agra has two major interstate bus terminals, one is called Idgah Bus Stand, which is located right in the center of the city and is about 8 kilometers from the tomb, and another one  ISBT which is located at a distance of 12 kilometers from the tomb.

    Tips for Travellers

    You should carry a water bottle and some snacks on this trip.


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: yes.

    Que-02: Is photography allowed in this place?

    Ans: Inside the main mausoleum, Photography is prohibited.

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