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Unearth History at Akbar's Tomb, Agra
At a distance of around 200 meters from Akbar's tomb (1 to 2 minutes walk) is this lesser-known tomb called the Lodhi Tomb. It is located on a high square plinth which has chhatris on all corners. Although the main tomb appears to be square, its angles must have been chamfered to make it look like an octagon. There is no historical record to find out which king or noble was buried here but according to the statistics, the tomb dates back to the reign of Ibrahim Lodhi (1517-26 AD). This makes it the oldest Muslim mausoleum at Agra and has been restored and conserved by the Archaeological survey on India.
Kaanch Mahal is located at a distance of around 650 meters from Akbar's Tomb at Sikandara. This beautiful monument displays Mughal domestic architecture at its best. It is believed that the Mahal was formerly used as Royal Resort and later as Royal Shikargah or hunting lodge by Jahangir. This palace has inlaid mosaic work and glazed blue, green and orange tiles on the roofs and friezes which lend it the name Kaanch Mahal.
The gateway to the tomb is a beauty in itself. It is made of a high central arched 'pishtaq' or entrance and two smaller arches on either side. The structure is made of red sandstone and the minarets in white marble. The sandstone is further adorned with inlaid as well as tessellated colored marble engraved in floral arabesques and geometric patterns. The basic design of the gate is Persian but it has a touch of local architecture as well.
Akbar had a keen interest in all forms of art. He had set his tomb in a walled garden that is house to a variety of flora and fauna. In this garden, you can see a herd of deer or antelope and tamed monkeys. The garden is well maintained with a number of trees and plants. What's missing is a fountain or some water feature. Yet this garden is an oasis of serenity, away from the hectic urban life.
How to Get Tickets?
Akbar's Tomb tickets can be obtained from the ticket counter at the tomb itself. Queues are long and purchasing tickets take a lot of time. You can also get the tickets online from this website.
How To Get Around?
Akbar's Tomb is nearly 4 kilometers away from the main city. You can take a cab or a taxi from any part of the city. The Mausoleum is located on the main road on Mathura highway and is easily accessible. Several local as well as luxury buses also ply on the route and will take around 20 minutes to reach Sikandra.
What Should I Wear?
This world famous destination is a little conservative when it comes to clothing. It is better to dress appropriately than being catcalled or stared at. Summers in Agra are extremely hot and dry. Cotton is the best material to be worn during this time. Pack cotton trousers, Capris, full sleeved shirts, and loose kurtis. Wear strong shoes that would aid in walking and also save you from insect bites and dust. The temperature is extremely low in winters so carry warm clothing like sweaters, hooded jackets, woolen scarves etc. if you are travelling to the city in winters.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Agra is from November till March. The weather is most pleasant and favorable for sightseeing and walking. This is also the peak tourist season with a lot of rush.
Will I Need a Guide?
You do not need a guide. Transportation is easy and all the required information is provided on this website.
How To Get There?
Currently there are no commercial flights departing from the Kheria Airport in Agra. Agra is expected to see better air services in near future. Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi is connected to all the major domestic and international destinations. From here you can take a train or a bus to Agra. With the opening of the 165 km Yamuna Expressway, it has become easier to reach Agra from Delhi and Noida. Luxury Coaches use this route to reach Delhi faster. Agra Cantonment and Agra Fort railway stations connect Agra with all the major Indian Cities.
Do not carry any valuables. The ones you have must be kept in safe deposits boxes in your hotels. In order to avoid getting robbed by pickpockets keep all your cash and cellphones in an inside pocket of your bag.