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#1 of 146 Places To Visit in Agra
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address
Taj Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
contact
+91-562-2226431 +91-562-2233056
entry fee
40
per person Domestic/Indian
1,000
per person For Foreigners
530
per person Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries
0
No entry fee for children below the age of 15 years (both Domestic and Foreigner)
timings
Visiting Hours - Sunrise to Sunset (Friday Closed)
visit duration
2 to 3 Hours

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The nearest airports are in Agra and Delhi. The Taj Express and Shatabdi offer the best rail connections to Agra. You can also drive or travel by bus (204 km from Delhi). The NH2 is a modern divided highway and the trip takes about five hours. Ask anyone about Taj Mahal in Agra, and you'll be given prompt directions. The main parking area is near the Western Gate, from where you can find different modes of transport (including tongas, camels and e-rickshaws) to ferry you to and fro from the complex. You can also choose to walk if the weather allows for it, considering the parking lot is about a 5 to 7 minute walk from the main Western Gate.

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about taj mahal

The epitome of love and romance, Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a dedication to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal (Arjumand Bano Begum). It is a mausoleum of the queen, splendidly created in her memory. The very sight of the Taj is a feast not only to the the eyes but senses as well. It one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was built as a tomb by the grieving Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his third wife Begum Mumtaz Mahal who died in 1631.

Made from white marble in the typical Mughal style, Taj Mahal seamlessly blends elements from Persian, Islamic and Indian styles. The completion of this masterpiece took 17 years (1628 - 1658) and was carried under the supervision of the architect, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. Thousands of artisans like masons, stonecutters, inlayers, carvers, painters, calligraphers and dome builders were hired from across the empire and other places including Central Asia and Iran. White marble used for the veneering was brought in from Makrana, Rajasthan. Semi-precious stones for inlay ornamentation were sourced from all over India, Ceylon and Afghanistan. Red sandstone of different tints was quarried from Sikri and Dholpur.


When Shahjehan was imprisoned in the Agra Fort by his son Aurangazeb, he would look endlessly at the Taj across the river. Spreading across an area of 60 bighas, this majestic building was recognized as the UNESCO world Heritage Site in the year 1983. Taj Mahal was constructed in the 16th century and displays the artistic brilliance of the Mughals. Being located on the banks of the Yamuna adds to the splendor of this marvel. The complex is set in the middle of a large 300-metre (980 ft) square Charbagh or Mughal Garden. The garden has a raised pathway that divides each of the four quarters of the garden into 16 flowerbeds. The image of the mausoleum is reflected in the raised marble water tank at the center of the garden. The octagonal layout is accompanied by four minarets. The central onion-shaped dome soars above the tombs that are placed in an underground chamber.

The best time to visit Taj Mahal  is from November to February. It is better to reach the place early, as the place gets crowded by noon. It can be viewed at night too. The exquisite view of the Taj under the full moon is absolutely spellbinding. One among the seven wonders of the world, this monument needs to be a part of your travel bucket-list. 

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Feb 04 2016
A beautiful Mughal style, marble mausoleum with minarets, a mosque & famously symmetrical gardens. Built by emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his loving wife.
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