Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar was one of the greatest emperors to ever rule over the Indian subcontinent. He is known for his military achievements and numerous tax, social and religious reforms that made him a favourite all over his empire. His tomb is among the many Mughal era monuments that can be visited during holidays in India by coming to Agra. As per tradition, he himself started building it and after he died, his son Jahangir, completed its construction. The tomb complex of Emperor Akbar is located in the Sikandra area of this historically significant city. The mausoleum stands in the middle of a large Persian Garden, divided into four quadrants, by intersecting paths. Facing the four main directions along the boundary of the complex are four elaborate gateways.
The gate on the southern side of the area is the grandest of all and is the main entrance. It is built much like the Taj Mahal with red sandstone and white marble. This two-storey structure stands on a raised platform and has a false arch in the centre. In the middle of this false arch is the arched entrance, topped by a gallery of the same type. Two more arches, one atop other, flank the entry gate and on the four vertices of the doorway are high minarets. The towers are also made of white marble and have a viewing platform, topped by open domes or chhatris.
Travellers, visiting this attraction with tour packages to India, will notice that the tomb complex is a huge quadrangular structure, constructed mostly of red sandstone. It is a gigantic 5-storey monument with each successive level, smaller than the other. This has allowed for the remaining area of every storey to be utilised as a vast walking area. Atop every level are chhatris and the façades of every storey are dotted with numerous false or open arched windows. Inside the main hall is the white marble cenotaph of the ruler and below it, in the underground chamber, is his corpse. The interior walls and the vaulted ceilings are lavishly painted with various patterns and designs mainly with white, blue and golden colour.