Tourism in SikandraSikandra is the historic settlement set up by Sikandar Lodhi and where the tomb of Emperor Akbar is located. There are several amazing elements about this architectural wonder.
Tomb of Akbar in Sikandra
The tomb’s four minarets are breathtaking pieces of art work. The pillars are made of red stone that has been inlaid with marble into intricate floral patterns. The tombs of Akbar, and daughters are situated at various levels of the mausoleum. There are many pillared cloisters in the Baradari or corridor. The entire edifice stands five storeys tall. All but the fifth storey are in red sandstone but the final storey has been constructed in pristine white marble that adds to the attraction of the monument. The entire work was completed in 1613 AD and is a true amalgamation of the Mughal and Hindu styles of art and architecture. So beautiful is the aesthetic layout of the entire building that an inscription at the very entrance reads, “These are the gardens of Eden enter to dwell here eternally”. The mausoleum has also been known as the Sikandra Fort.
Tomb of Mariam-uz-Zamani in Sikandra
The tomb of Mariam-uz-Zamani was built by Jahangir out of love for her mother Mariam-uz-Zamani or Hira Bai. Earlier it has been a Baradari or a corridor with several pillars used for meetings and spending breezy afternoons in. Later it was stylized into a tomb using the Mughal architectural motifs.
Sankat Mochan Temple in Sikandra
There is an ancient Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple which is located less than a kilometer from the mausoleum of Akbar. The temple is devoted to Hanumanji the devotee of Lord Ram.
Mahakal and Mahakali Temples
A little further, about 1.2 kms from the mausoleum lies the Mahakal and Mahakali Temple. Another ancient temple that is devoted to the Mother Goddess and her consort, Lord Shiva in their ‘destroyer’ incarnations where they represent the end of the world.
Kailash Temple in Sikandra
Further ahead at a distance of about two kilometers from the mausoleum of Emperor Akbar lies the ancient Shiv temple which has a great following of devotees. It is one of the four temples dedicated to Lord Shiva that have been built on the four corners of Agra City.
Babarpur Reserved Forest Sikandra
Nearby is also located the Babarpur Reserved Forest which is a natural reserve and a protected forest area. It is home to a number of natural species of animals and birds. It is the home of the famous black buck.
A pristine example of the Mughal and Persian motifs, gardens and architecture, the Kanch Mahal is located near the tomb of Emperor Akbar. Its one unique feature is the liberal use of the lotus motif which is an Indian feature interspersed with the Mughal art forms.
Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary
Just a short distance from the Keetham Lake is the Bird Sanctuary that is home to more than a hundred varieties of birds that are native to India and some which are migratory. It is home also to twelve species of mammals and 18 species of reptiles. The Bird Sanctuary can be visited form March to September to see the greatest range of birds available here.
Sightseeing and Shopping in Sikandra
The nearest bazaar from the Mausoleum is the Viswa Karma market where tone can find various things of everyday modern living with ease. The Laxmi Market and the SRK Mall as well as the Wedding Mall all have a huge variety of garments and other goods readily available for the connoisseur.
Besides these there are many places for enjoyment and entertainment in the vicinity where by one can catch a film or a simple relaxing meal at one of the nearby restaurants.
Nearest airport is at Gaya located about 112 kms away from Sikandra
Nearest Railway Station is located at Jamui about 19 kms away from Sikandra.
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