Akbar's Mausoleum at Sikandra
The mausoleum of Akbar the Great at Sikandra is a beautifully proportioned complex set in extensive gardens where deer roam free. Located just 10km to the northwest of Agra, it is often omitted from tour itineraries but it is well worth the effort. You enter the complex through the huge Buland Darwaza (Great Gate, below right), which is topped by 4 impressive minarets. The structure of the mausoleum itself is unusual in that the central base is not topped by a dome as in most Mughal buildings; this is reputedly because Akbar's son Jehangir altered the design halfway through construction. There is some excellent inlay work with Koranic inscriptions on the marble tiled walls (below left).