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One of the Seven Wonders of The World and a long standing symbol of love, Taj Mahal is a must-visit for its magnificence and pure beauty.
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20 per person Domestic/Indian
750 per person For Foreigners
510 per person Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries
No entry fee for children below the age of 15 years (both Domestic and Foreigner)
Visiting Hours - Sunrise to Sunset (Friday Closed)
All days of the week except Friday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
2 to 3 Hours
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. 
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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1) Arms and ammunition of any kind, tobacco products, liquor, food, chewing gum, smoking or fire items, headphones, wire, mobile charger, knives, electric goods (except video camera) such as Camera Tripod, iPods and similar MP3 and music players are strictly prohibited inside the complex. Playing cards, games, dice, etc. may be prohibited depending on the guard. Mobile Phones are allowed but must to be kept switched off. Eating and smoking is strictly prohibited inside the Taj Mahal complex.

2) You may keep your belongings inside the lockers at the ticket counter, however this is at your own risk. Also, wearing shoes inside the main complex is not allowed. You are provided with a blue sock to wear when entering the marble structure.

3) There are also some provisions of getting a bag to keep your belongings. Do ask for that.

4) It is advisable to hire official audio guides available at the ASI ticket counter or to avail services of only approved guides and photographers who show their identity cards so that you're not fleeced.

5) The Taj Mahal is a religious site and it is ideal to dress conservatively when here, keeping traditions of Islam in mind, not only because the Taj Mahal itself is a mausoleum, but also because there are mosques inside the Taj Mahal complex.

6) Tourists can carry a water bottle inside the monument. Shoe covers (so that you don't need to take your shoes off), 1/2 litre water bottle and Tourist Guide Map of Agra are provided free of cost with the foreigner's entry ticket for the Taj Mahal.

7) Wheelchairs for disabled persons and First Aid Boxes are available at the A.S.I. Office inside the Taj Mahal complex. A charge of INR 1000 is to be deposited as security (refundable) before wheelchairs are made available for the disabled.

8) All the above mentioned items along with the mobile phones are not permitted for the night viewing of the Taj Mahal.

9) Video camera is allowed up to the red sand stone platform at the main entrance gate of the Taj Mahal complex. Inside the main mausoleum, photography is prohibited and visitors are requested not to make noise.

10) You can use the Southern Gate for entry between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM only.

11) The monument is closed on Friday.
reviewed on Dec 15 2012
Best to visit early in the morning and the south gate is least crowded in the morning (since most tourist buses arrive at the east / west gates).
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