Guru ka Taal is a pilgrimage spot for Sikhs. It is dedicated to the ninth Guru of Sikhism. An ancient reservoir was turned into a pilgrim spot, just a few decades ago. Today, it is an important pilgrim and architecture lover spot in Agra.
The monument is open throughout the day and throughout the week. During any Sikh festival, the place will be filled with devotees and you can find a lot of shops and rituals in and around the place. Other than that, winter is a reasonable time to visit the monument due to comfortable climate.
The monument is located just five kilometer from railway station of Sikandra. You can hire cabs from Agra to reach the monument. If you are choosing trains, you can reach Baluchpura Railway Station and hire auto or cab to the monument.
The monument has twelve towers and only eight stand today. The structure of this monument is very similar to that of other Mughal structures. You can also find accommodation at very low price here. There are common halls and individual rooms here. It is hard to get rooms here during any festival. Many special events happen every day. You can get details about the events from the official site of the monument or through your tourist guide. People of all creed and religion are allowed to visit the place.
The entry and events are free of cost.
During the reign of Akbar, people were allowed to follow whichever religion they feel right. However, during the reign of his great grandson, Aurangazeb, there was a strong opposition to other religions. Below the monument, there was a reservoir (Taal) in the spot, which was built in early 17th century to collect rain water. This was the place where Guru Tegh Bhadur voluntarily allowed Aurangazeb to arrest him. Later, Gurudwara was built in 1970 in the memory of the Guru.