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Gravesend, United Kingdom
April 2, 2010
From journal In and around Agra
New Delhi, India
July 29, 2002
Sikandra stands on the main road, hidden completely by a massive gate of red sandstone, stunningly decorated with geometrical inlays of white marble. Go through the gate, onto a wide, raised pathway which leads straight on to the tomb. On either side are lawns, trees, and animals- monkeys, deer, blackbuck, and lots of birds. The tomb itself is a huge, five-storied structure, surrounded, like the Taj, by four minarets. The lower four stories of the tomb are of ornate, carved red sandstone; the topmost storey is of white marble. Inside, the main hall has a vaulted ceiling richly decorated with red, gold and blue paint; from here, a sloping corridor- very plain- leads downward to another high-roofed chamber, stark and undecorated, where the actual tomb is located.
Not as well-known as the Taj, but much quieter, and a fine example of Mughal architecture.
Sikandra is open six days a week excluding Monday; the entry fee is Rs 245.
From journal In the Town of the Taj