- Taj Mahal is a white marble tomb built between the years 1631 to 1648 in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
- It was built by Shah Jahan for his wife Arjuman Banu Begum, also known as Mumtaz Mahal
- Taj Mahal is an example of Mughal architecture, combining the Persian, Indian and Islamic architectural styles.
- It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a part of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
- The tomb is located centrally and is the focus of entire area.
- Four minarets, each of which is around 130 feet tall, are present at each corner of the tomb.
- Taj Mahal is decorated with paint, stone inlays and carvings. The symmetry of entire structure is a treat to watch.
- The complex is surrounded by a large mughal garden with raised pathways, fountains, trees and a raised marble water tank.
- Best time to visit is in the morning when the twilight imparts a pink colour to the Taj Mahal. Sunset is also a good time to visit.
- Taj Mahal is open 30 minutes before sunrise upto 30 minutes before sunset on normal days.
- Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays for general viewing and is open for prayers on Friday afternoon.
- There is no limit on the duration of stay within the complex, within the normal operating hours.
- The Taj Mahal complex is open for night viewing for 5 days in a month, on the day of the full moon and two days before and after, excluding Fridays and the month of Ramzan.
- Night viewing timings are from 20:30hrs to 00:30hrs in 8 batches of maximum 50 people each. Time duration for each batch is 30 minutes.
- Taj Museum inside the Taj Mahal complex opens from 10AM to 5PM and entry is free.
- Items allowed - Water (in transparent bottle), Small Ladies Purse, Mobile Phone, Still Camera, Small Video Camera
- Polluting vehicles are not allowed within 500m of Taj Mahal. Tourists may walk from the parking lot, use a horse driven Tonga or catch an Electric Bus.
- The tickets can be purchased online from https://asi.payumoney.com/
- Tickets are also available at the Taj Mahal Western and Eastern Gates.
- Entry to the complex is only allowed from the Western Gate and the Eastern Gate. Only exit is allowed from the Southern Gate.
How To Reach:
- By Air: Agra has it's own airport. There are direct flights from New Delhi to Agra.
- By Train: The main railway station is Agra Cantonment. The two other railway stations are Raja Ki Mandi and Agra Fort. Agra is easily accessible via Trains such as Rajdhani, Shatabdi Express, Taj Express and Palace on Wheels, to name a few.
- By Road: Agra is easily accessible and well connected via road network to the nearby major cities like New Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Lucknow, Mathura etc.