SikandraAgra District

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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.

Top Hotels in Sikandra

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Sunway Inn
Hotel Sunway Inn
3 out of 5
NH 2, Near Akbar Tomb, Sikandra, Agra, UP
CA $20
per night
Dec 29 - Dec 30

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 Jul. 1, 2019

Hotel Sunway Inn
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 within a 15-minute walk of Tomb of Akbar the Great and Mariam's Tomb. Guru ka Tal is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

OYO 22826 Hotel Sheltear & Resturant
OYO 23297 Hotel Vanaya Palace
OYO 23297 Hotel Vanaya Palace
2 out of 5
Paschimpuri Xing Bodla Rd, Shikandra, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Located in Sikandra, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Tomb of Akbar the Great, Mariam's Tomb and Guru ka Tal. Kinari Bazar and St. John's College are also ...

OYO 23297 Hotel Vanaya Palace
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
CA $32
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Located in Sikandra, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Mariam's Tomb, Tomb of Akbar the Great and Guru ka Tal. St. John's College and Soami Bagh Temple ...

GenX Agra By 1589
Bhawna Clarks Inn - Agra
Bhawna Clarks Inn - Agra
3.5 out of 5
Bhawna Tower, Kailashouri Crossing, Sector 16B, Awas Vikas, Sikandra, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
CA $80
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Located in Sikandra, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Tomb of Akbar the Great, Mariam's Tomb and St. John's College. Kinari Bazar and Agra Fort are also ...

3/5 (1 review)
Happy but Food could have make it even better

"hotel was good but food was pathetic and looked like days old, however the staff was very friendly, room was very well maintained and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 13, 2015

Bhawna Clarks Inn - Agra
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

Popular things to do in Sikandra

Tomb of Akbar the Great
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Tomb of Akbar the Great

5/5(1 review)

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(15 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

5/5(10 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

5/5(5 reviews)

Nicknamed the Baby Taj, this exquisite tomb is made of pure white marble and is known for its intricate and elaborate carvings.

Soami Bagh Temple
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Soami Bagh Temple

5/5(1 review)

Visit this artistic monument, which opens its doors to followers of all spiritual beliefs and movements. It is unfinished now and may remain so forever.

Jama Masjid
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Jama Masjid

5/5(2 reviews)

The Friday Mosque is a grand 17th-century Mughal masterpiece encompassed by the infectious atmosphere of Agra’s time-honored and bustling bazaars.

Top activities in Sikandra

Agra & Sikandara Full-Day Tour from Agra
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Agra & Sikandara Full-Day Tour from Agra

CA $141

Set on the bend of the holy Yamuna River, Agra is one of the brightest of India's many jewels, home to the fascinating legacy of the Mughal Empire. Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, stroll through the impressive red palaces inside Agra Fort, and marvel at the graceful Tomb of Akbar the Great.

Half Day Tour Of Akbar’s Tomb And Dyal Bagh With Taj Sunrise
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Half Day Tour Of Akbar’s Tomb And Dyal Bagh With Taj Sunrise

CA $40

In the morning our driver will pick you from your hotel half an hour before sunrise timings and you will proceed to visit the Taj at the time of dawn. We will already pre-arrange your Taj Mahal entry tickets, thus you can skip the long entrance lines.

Taj Mahal & Agra Fort: Private Sunrise Tour from Delhi
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Taj Mahal & Agra Fort: Private Sunrise Tour from Delhi

CA $40

03:00 AM - Pick up from your hotel in Delhi / Gurgaon / Noida and also from Airport. Drive to Agra enjoy 3 hours of peaceful ride in your own Private Air Conditioned Car. 06:00 AM - You will arrive Agra, you will meet your Tour Guide and then you will proceed to visit Taj Mahal.

Private Taj Mahal & Agra Tour by Express Train from Delhi
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Private Taj Mahal & Agra Tour by Express Train from Delhi

CA $76

Ride the train to Agra round-trip from Delhi to experience the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) in one day. Your local guide shares two UNESCO World Heritage sites and other highlights while traveling in an air-conditioned vehicle with your private driver.

Half Day Private Tour of Taj Mahal & Agra Fort from Agra
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Half Day Private Tour of Taj Mahal & Agra Fort from Agra

CA $32

Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Agra in one day: the iconic Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. You’ll learn all about the history of this important city from your tour guide. This is an ideal tour for first-time visitors to Agra who want to see the must-see sights at a relaxed pace.

Private Sunrise Taj Mahal & Agra fort Tour from Delhi,breakfast in 5 star hotel
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Private Sunrise Taj Mahal & Agra fort Tour from Delhi,breakfast in 5 star hotel

CA $113

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Agra Fort Rakabgani, Agra 282003 India Our travellers can explore the second famous building of the town made in red sandstone buil by the Great king Akbar .