Sikandra Mughal Tomb

Akbar's garden tomb - Sikandra

It is understood that Akbar designed his own tomb and started work on it before his death. His son and successor Jahangir completed the task

The main gateway has four marble minarets, considered to be the forerunner to the ones included in the design of the Taj Mahal. The design is an enclosed garden divided by a system of walkways with water channels, into four quarters representing the quarters of life. Water was considered the central element to life. The water channels met at a focal point with a pavilion for the emperor who was seen as a representative of God on earth.

There are deer and monkeys in the gardens. The tomb itself has ornate decoration.

Sikandra is located 5 miles north-west of Agra.