Akbar’s Mausoleum

Akbar's Masoleum, Sikandra, India.

Akbar’s mausoleum, Sikandra, India.

Akbar’s Mausoleum outside Agra in Sikandra was one of my favorite monuments in India.  Can you tell by the smile on my face?  The sublime beauty of the buildings and grounds left me in awe.  We spent a few hours walking around, taking it all in.  I wish we could have spent the whole day there but the heat and humidity were challenging.  Regardless I was so happy to be there and have the chance to see it.

Akbar (1556-1605) began the construction of his tomb in 1604 but it was completed after his death by his son Jehangir between 1612-1614.  Like most of the forts, mausoleums and palaces we saw there is an entrance gate that leads into the grounds.  There are  gates at the cardinal points of north, south, east and west with the tomb or mausoleum in the center.  All of the gates and the mausoleum are made of red sandstone with marble inlay designs.

The gardens have beautiful old trees and some animals, maybe local deer or gazelles, grazing.

It was wonderful.

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