Taj Mahal: Crown of the Palace

East Gate

Quite honestly, we can’t think of any other sight more iconic, more beautiful, more jaw-dropping spectacular than one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal.
At the very least, there’s no mausoleum grander, no declaration of love more apparent than building a marble masterpiece for one’s favorite wife and no better reason to travel than seeing its magnificence up close.

Taj Mahal

How to Reach Taj Mahal Agra

The best way to reach Taj Mahal Agra is by road. If you’re in Delhi the ideal way to travel to Agra is by road via NH2 and the New Yamuna Expressway at a driving distance of 4-5 hours. Taj Mahal distance from Delhi is near about 225 kilometers which you will also cross Mathura and Vrindavan.

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Ticket price for the Taj Mahal

The entrance for Indians costs 50 INR 1100 INR for Foreigners and another 200 INR if you want to enter the main mausoleum. The fair varies for SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries.
To save time in booking queues, you can buy an online ticket from the official Architectural Society of India website and enter the monument directly which will even cost you less.

What to bring to the Taj Mahal?

Always leave your valuables in the hotel. There are lockers available at the Taj Mahal but it’s best to have minimal belongings for a comfortable and hassle-free visit as well.

Carry a sling bag, messenger bag, or a backpack which contains:

  • Identification document which is mandatory (Aadhaar, PAN or driving license and foreigners can use their passport)
  • Water
  • Medicine

Other things to know:

  • No food is allowed inside.
  • Cigarettes and lighters are also not allowed.
  • Tripods and additional lighting equipment need prior permission to be brought with.
  • Photography inside the mausoleum is prohibited.
  • Be wary of thieves.

Taj Mahal Architecture and Design

East Gate

Taj Mahal is inarguably the most beautiful monument in India and a crowning jewel of Mughal architecture. The germ behind the Taj Mahal culminated from the Mughal tradition of erecting majestic monuments and palaces in fond memory of their loving members which also led to the idea behind building the Taj Mahal.
The architecture of the Taj Mahal is the most envious blend of best of infrastructure from the world over. It has Persian influences like the Dome’s design and inclusion of arched entrances. It also drew inspiration from contemporary Hindu design ideas like chhatris and the lotus motif in its architecture.
Part of an elaborate complex, Taj Mahal consists of an ornamented gateway, a stunningly-designed garden, a beautiful water system, and a mosque.

Best time to visit

The best time to see the Taj Mahal is the starting and ending of winters, from October to December and from February to mid-April. The moderate and comfortable weather during this time slot makes it the most pleasant time of the year to visit the Taj Mahal.
The best time of the day to visit is sunrise as then the Taj Mahal looks like a blooming flower when the morning rays of the sun kiss and turn it into a pink colour. Moreover, visiting Taj Mahal in the early morning has its own perks as you cannot just avoid the crowd but heat too which increases as the day progresses. For those morning persons who are in pursuit of some perfect photographic shots, sunrise is the perfect time to visit the Taj Mahal.
Otherwise, when the parching heat of the sun settles, sunset is also a good time to visit the Taj Mahal. Sunset usually becomes a nice choice for people visiting the Taj Mahal as it’s then when the monument is surrounded by crimson light that presents an altogether different silhouette of the structure. Striking against the dark sky and moonlight, the monument is replete with divine peace and magic.

Morning Taj
© Ayush Sahani

Visiting Days and Timings

The monument is open from Monday to Thursday and Saturday to Sunday with Friday being closed for the Muslims to attend prayer at the mosque. The timing to visit is from 6’O clock in the morning to evening 6 but the entry is not allowed after 4 in the evening.

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