place India Travel Destinations takes you on travel to the most romantic
city Agra in Uttar Pradesh, India. Agra is the most important center of
tourism in Uttar Pradesh, India and is famous all over the world for the
lovely Taj Mahal, a memorial that was constructed by the Mughal
Emperor Shah Jahan. Agra city is the one of the famous
destinations of the World Tourism with three tradition monuments -The
Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri & Red Fort. Agra is an
energetic centre of Culture, Art and Religious philosophies that have
enriched mankind and shaped human thought over centuries. Agra is famous
for handicrafts products such as engrave work on Marvel,
Leather work, Footwear, Brasswear, Carpets,
Jwellery, Zari and Embroidery work.
Sikandra is the place where the tomb of the great Mughal emperor Akbar
is situated. It is situated just six miles away from the city of
Agra Uttar Pradesh. The place of Akbar's mausoleum, Sikandra was
begun by Akbar and completed by his son Jehangir in 1613 AD. The
tomb is located in the centre of a large garden and four identical red
sandstone gates lead to the tomb complex. The building of tomb, with
three-storey minarets at each corner, is built of red sandstone with
white marble polygonal patterns inlaid. Sikandra is named after
Sikandra Lodi, the Delhi ruler who was in power from 1488 to 1517.
A wide paved cause away leads to the tomb, which has five storeys and is
in the shape of a truncated pyramid. The main tomb has a unique square
design which is incomparable by all other Mughal buildings.
The ground floor has large cloisters on all the four sides except in the
middle of the southern side. The cloisters are divided by the numerous
bays by massive piers and arches. Each bay measures 22 feet square.
Akbar's daughters, Shakrul Nisha Begum and Aram Bano are
also entombed in this floor.
The second storey has an arcaded verandah on each side, which is
composed of 23 bays. The use of an attractive arch and square
pillar has brought about a unique composition.
Third and Fourth Storeys:
These storeys are smaller in size than the ones below it. They have an
identical arrangement of arches supported on pillars and chhatris
attached on his exterior to each facade.
The fifth storey is completely in white marble as against the lower
storeys, which are finished in red stone.