Agra

Taj Mahal

Open Time : Opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset

Entry : paid

Address : Taj Mahal, Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Phone : 0562 222 7261

Why to visit Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal, a famous structure and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most appreciated Mughal masterpieces in the entire world and is nothing less than poetry created in marble.

The Taj Mahal, unquestionably one of Agra's most well-liked sights, is a structure famed not just in India but also across the world. It was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his late wife Mumtaz and serves as a symbol of the emperor's intense love and sadness at her death.

History of Taj Mahal:

  • The emperor's grief over Mumtaz's passing is claimed to have caused his hair to almost instantly turn grey.
  • The Taj's construction started the following year, but the entire complex was not finished until 1653, despite the fact that the main structure is supposed to have taken eight years to construct.
  • Shortly after completing it, Shah Jahan was deposed by his son Aurangzeb and imprisoned in the Agra Fort, where he would spend the remainder of his days only being able to look out at his creation through a window.
  • Shah Jahan was buried here alongside his beloved Mumtaz after passing away in 1666.

Architecture at Taj Mahal:

  • The Taj Mahal, a well acclaimed work of art, mixes Islamic, Persian, and Indian architectural elements.
  • The 42-acre monument is surrounded on three sides by crenellated walls and on the fourth side by the Yamuna.
  • Four minarets can be seen at each of the Taj Mahal's four corners of an elevated square base.
  • The entrance to the symmetrical structure that houses the crypts is formed like an arch and is beneath a huge dome and finial.

Interesting Facts about Taj Mahal:

  • To move building supplies for the Taj, a thousand elephants were employed.
  • The jade and crystal came from China, the carnelian from Arabia, the lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, the turquoise from Tibet, the jasper from Punjab, the beautiful white marble from Makrana in Rajasthan, and the sapphire from Sri Lanka.
  • About 28 different types of precious and semi-precious stones can be found in the marble's renowned inlay work.

Entrance Fee and Timings at Taj Mahal:

  • For visitors from India, the entrance fee to the Taj Mahal is INR 45. It costs INR 535 to enter the Taj Mahal for residents of SAARC and BIMSTEC nations.
  • Additionally, the Taj Mahal entry ticket costs INR 1050 if you are a foreign national. Children under the age of 15 do not have to pay an entrance fee, either for domestic or foreign visitors.
  • Timings : 30 minutes prior to dawn and 30 minutes following sunset.Friday is a holiday.Only practising Muslims are allowed entrance to Taj Mahal on Fridays so they can attend the afternoon prayers.

FAQ on Taj Mahal

How to reach Taj Mahal?

Electric buses, tempos, and tongas are all options for getting to the Taj Mahal and nearby Agra. State buses and auto rickshaws are also available. Vehicles must be parked in the parking lots that are close to the mausoleum in order to minimise the impact of pollution on the monument. Vehicles are not permitted near the Taj Mahal. Visitors can board non-electric tourist buses from the parking area.

When is the best time to visit Taj Mahal??

The Taj Mahal looks its most spectacular at sunrise, which is without a doubt the greatest time to visit. Because there are less visitors at this time, it is also the most comfortable. Sunset is another enthralling moment to see the Taj. Additionally, you can go there for five nights during the full moon. However, the number of access tickets for this period is limited, and they must be purchased from the Archaeological Survey of India office one day in advance.

What restaurants are near Taj Mahal?

Restaurants near Taj Mahal: (0.57 km) Joney's Place (0.55 km) Yes Restaurant (0.59 km) Yash Cafe

What hotels are near Taj Mahal?

Hotels near Taj Mahal: (0.95 km) The Oberoi Amarvilas (0.80 km) Zigzag Homestay (1.27 km) The Coral Court Homestay

What attractions are near Taj Mahal?

Attractions near Taj Mahal: Agra Fort (3.1 km) Jehangir’s Palace (3.1 km) Jama Masjid (4.1 km) Mankameshwar Temple (4.5 km)

Special Tip

On the day of the full moon and the two days before and following, visitors can glimpse the Taj Mahal at night. No gasoline or diesel vehicles are permitted in the Taj region in order to preserve the monument's magnificence; as a result, visitors must go there in Tongas, electric buses, or cycle rickshaws. Also, tickets should be booked ahead of time before visiting the place.

By Sparsh Kapoor

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