Sunrise to sunset, closed on all Fridays [6:00 am to 6:30 pm]
· Indian citizen and visitors: INR 15
· Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries: INR 15
· Foreign visitors: INR 200
· No entry fee for children under 15 (both Indian and foreign)
· Foreign visitors with Agra Development Authority (ADA) toll ticket of INR 500 need not buy ticket for this monument if visiting on the same day.
· Cost of carrying a video camera: INR 25
Akbar’s Tomb, Agra Overview
The last resting spot of the incomparable Mughal Emperor Akbar, Tomb of Akbar is a significant architectural masterpiece of the Mughal period. Located in Sikandra, a suburb of Agra, the tomb is believed to have been built between 1605 and 1618. In spite of the fact that the tomb is where probably the best sovereign of India is covered, the Mughal gardens around it present a delightful and sprightly facade. Assembled completely out of sandstone and white marble, Emperor Akbar himself oversaw the development of this tomb until his death. However, the construction of Akbar’s Tomb was finished by his child Salim (Jahangir). In contrast to different tombs of acclaimed Muslim rulers around the world, the Tomb of Akbar faces towards the rising sun rather than Masjid of Mecca.
History of Akbar’s Tomb
The tomb was completed by his (Akbar) son, Nur-ud-din Muhammad Salim, which was also called Jahangir. Akbar arranged a tomb and chose a suitable place for him. After his death, Akbar’s son Jahangir completed development in 1605-1613. During the time of Islamic Ruler Aurangzeb, under the administration of King Ram Jat, the insulted Jats took control of Agra forts as a result of the crushing of Mughal forces. The Mughal rule gave another blow when the Jats visited Akbar’s grave, destroying different things and looting all sparkling gold, gems, silver and decks. Even to take revenge for the death of his father Gokula, he looted Akbar’s grave, looted him, opened his tomb and removed the bones. Aurangzeb was angry at the capture of King and killing him brutally.
As Viceroy of India, George Curzon coordinated the general arrangement and reconstruction of Akbar’s tomb, which was completed in 1905. Curzon examined the recovery of the tombs and other structures described in Agra regarding the entry of Monument Protection Act. Old in 1904, when he described the enterprise as “offering a dedication to the past and a gift of grandeur that is about to come back”. This work of security has weakened the worship of the graves by travelers and people living nearby.
Architecture of Akbar’s Tomb
The Architecture of the Akbar’s Tomb is an embodiment of Mughal style. The architecture is a mixture of Hindu Rajputana design and Gothic Mughal style. It has the standard feature of symmetry like other monuments of this era. The tomb is surrounded by a wall which encloses the entire property. There are four gates. The southern gate is the largest one with four marble chhatri-topped minarets which are very similar to those of Taj Mahal’s. This gate is the normal point of entry. The shape of the tomb is pyramidal and has four stories and a marble structure, which contains the bogus tomb. The genuine tomb is in the cellar.
The ground floor is surrounded by walkways all around except at the center of the southern side, which is the way that leads in from the main gate. These arcades are divided by huge arches and piers that divided the walkways into many bays. The next three storeys are square with arcades and clusters of kiosks on each side. In the second story, a portion of the kiosks have marble rooftops in pyramidal shapes. The rest of the kiosks are crowned by cupolas. Every end of the third storey has a small square shaped room.
The top storey that is, the pavilion is made entirely of white marble. It has an open-to-the-sky square court. Slender arches and piers have enclosed the central courtyard, dividing it into many bays. A square platform lies at the focal point of the yard over which the false tomb is spread out, made of marble. The tomb had flower patterns and arabesque flawlessly cut on to it.
The building is constructed mainly from a deep red sandstone, enriched with features in white marble. Black slate and different embellished trimmed boards decorate the whole structure including the main gatehouse. The panel designs are geometric with floral patterns and calligraphy.
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➤ frequently asked question about Akbar’s tomb:
Q-1. Why Akbar’s Tomb is so famous?
Ans: – Once you enter into the gateway, you will find Mughal styled gardens. In the garden, you can find antelope and monkeys. You can rarely spot peacocks here. There is a water canal on both the sides of the garden. It is rare to find water in the canal, these days. The tomb has four gates and the south entryway (gate) is the biggest one with minarets on top like the ones in Taj Mahal. A wall covers the tomb. The structure is a four-leveled pyramid with marble structure. The false tomb is found in the ground floor while the genuine tomb is situated in the storm cellar. The cellar isn’t open for visitors. It is said to contain precious and expensive jewels, weapons and other before the attack of Jats. The tomb also has the remaining parts of two of Akbar’s daughters. Not at all like some other Mughal tombs, is the tomb looked towards the east as opposed to towards Mecca.
Q-2. What are the tips for visiting Akbar’s Tomb?
1. Foreign visitors with Agra Development Authority (ADA) toll ticket of INR 500 for Taj Mahal don’t require to buy other cost ticket while visiting the tomb of Akbar on the off chance that it is around the same day.
2. This place is on the outskirts of Agra called Sikandra and there are so many monkeys. Visitors must take care of their personal belongings.
3. Watch out for various species such as Deer, Antelope, rarely peacocks, and several birds here.
4. The tomb of Akbar is on the way Fatehpur Sikri which is one of the top visitor goals around Agra. So you can also plan to visit Agra same day trip.
5. The tomb of Emperor Akbar is open for visitors from sunrise to sunset and is shut on all Fridays.
Q-3. What is the best time to visit Akbar’s Tomb?
Ans: – The tomb is open from 6 in the morning to 6:30 in the evening. The monument is at its prime magnificence consistently. However, people choose winter, as it will be satisfying with mellow atmosphere. On the off chance that you are visiting during rainy season, you won’t have the option to detect any creatures inside the complex.
Q-4. Where Akbar’s Tomb is located?
Ans: – The tomb is located in Sikandra, Agra. It is on the Mathura National Highway Road, NH2. It is located 1 km away from Mariam’s tomb. It is located in the suburbs of Agra, which is four kilometers away from the main city. The tomb located 14 km from Taj Mahal, Agra. [MAP]
Q-5. How to reach Akbar’s Tomb?
Ans: – The Akbar’s Tomb is situated on the Mathura Road at NH-2 and lies around 8 km from the downtown area. The most straightforward approach to get to Akbar’s Tomb is by booking a taxi or an auto cart from any piece of the city.