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Agra and the Tomb of Emperor Akbar- Sikandra

By Amitkumarana Subscribe to RSS | December 21st 2011 | Views:
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The city of Agra is an ideal tourist destination and is famous around the world. People from around the world go on Agra tours and Agra Tourism is a great source of revenue for the people of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. There are many attractions that one can come across in any Agra tour package and one such attraction is the Tomb of Emperor Akbar, situated in the town of Sikandra, which is actually a suburb of the city of Agra.

The Mughal Empire was one of the greatest empires of the world and many prominent rulers of the Mughal dynasty are known worldwide, for their bravery, statesmanship and leadership. The Mughal Emperor Akbar, the son of Emperor Humayun, was the greatest Mughal ruler ever. People around the world know him as just ruler, who was secular and farsighted in his outlook. He was the pioneer of Mughal Architecture and was also responsible for the communal harmony that existed in India, during his rule. Many prominent landmarks or buildings of the Mughal era were built by Akbar. He ordered the construction of his tomb during his lifetime.

Akbar’s Tomb at Sikandra is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture and is a reminder to the world, about the greatness of Emperor Akbar. It is included in most Agra tour packages and many foreigners visit this tomb, during their Agra tour. Although the construction of the tomb was started by Akbar himself, it was completed by his son Jahangir, after his death. The buildings in the compound have been constructed out of red sandstone and white marble. The examples of Persian, Islamic and Indian architecture can be seen in the different buildings of the compound. The structure of the tomb is adorned with minarets, which is typical of most Mughal building. Agra tours cannot be complete without a visit to this place.

Many people like to take day trips from Delhi, popularly known as Delhi Agra tour, to visit the different historical sites in around both these cities. The Tomb of Akbar is one of the popular attractions of such tours. Once can easily book a Delhi Agra tour package that will include a trip to this monument. Such packages will also include other famous attractions in Agra, such as the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and the Agra Fort (Red Fort).

About a kilometer away from this tomb, lies the tomb of Begum Mariam uz Zamani, the wife of Emperor Akbar and the mother of Emperor Jahangir. This place is also a popular tourist spot and people visit it during their Agra tours. The Tomb of Akbar compound also houses the tomb of Akbar’s daughters namely Shakrul Nisa and Aram Bano. The pillars of the tomb are ornamented with beautiful paintings, designs, calligraphy and inscribed verses of the Quran. Agra tour packages cannot be complete without including this marvelous structure and so, people from around the world visit this place to pay their homage to the greatest Mughal Empire to encounter the greatness of Mughal Architecture.

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