Akbar planned the tomb and selected a suitable site for it. After his death, Akbar’s son Jahangir completed the construction in 1605–1613.
During the reign of Aurangzeb, Jats rose in rebellion under the leadership of Raja Ram Jat. Mughal prestige suffered a blow when Jats ransacked Akbar’s tomb, plundering and looting the gold, jewels, silver and carpets. According to one account, even Akbar’s grave was opened and his bones burned.