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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What does one need to know about the Taj Mahal?

Reet Cheema DEC 10 2012
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The epitome of love and romance, Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan dedicating it to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal (Arjumand Bano Begum). It is a mausoleum of the queen that is exquisitely architected in her remembrance. It is rightly interpreted by the English poet Sir Edwin Arnold as “Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor's love wrought in living stones.” The very sight of the Taj is a feast to your senses.


Spreading across an area of 1003 acres and 405 hectares, this majestic building is recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site in the year 1983. It was constructed in the 16th century and displays the artistic brilliance of the Mughals. Being located on the banks of the Yamuna river adds to the splendor of this marvel.

It is needless to say that the Taj Mahal is a must visit for any tourist. It is one among the seven wonders of the world that just cannot be missed. The Taj Mahal remains open from 6 am to 7.30 pm everyday except for fridays. The entry charge for foreign tourists is INR 250 (plus levy of INR. 500, inclusive of the visit to Agra Fort) and for Indian travelers it is INR. 20. The best time to visit the edifice during the year is from November to February and in a day it’s during the dusk and dawn. At both the times the sight of the Taj is the most exquisite. Moreover it better to reach the place as early as possible, that will help to be ahead of the huge crowd that increases during mid-day and noon. Once you are in Taj Mahal you can purchase the newly introduced device, the self-guided audio tour. You will get it alongside the ticket counter and it costs INR 100 for English or other foreign languages and INR 60 for Hindi and other Indian languages. The Taj can be viewed at night too. During the full moon and two days before and after that, i.e 5 days in total you can book tickets for night viewing of the Taj Mahal. The exquisite view of the Taj under the full moon is absolutely spellbinding.


Do’s and Dont’s at the Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is the most well maintained monuments in India. The security is very stringent and are expected to be followed by the tourists visiting the tomb. Following are few points that are to be kept in mind on visiting the monument:

  • Arms and ammunition of any kind, smoking or fire items, tobacco products, liquor, food, chewing gum, headphones, knives, wire, mobile charger, electric goods (except video camera) such as Camera Tripod, iPods and similar MP3 and music players are prohibited inside the Taj Mahal 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.

  • You may keep your belongings inside the lockers at the ticket counter, however it is at your own risk.

  • Tourists are advised to hire official audio guides available at the ASI ticket counter or to use only approved guides and photographers who exhibit their identity cards.

  • The Taj Mahal is a religious site and it is best to dress conservatively when visiting the Taj Mahal complex, not only because the Taj Mahal itself is a mausoleum, but also because there are mosques inside the Taj Mahal complex, if you wish to visit them as well.

  • Tourists are allowed to carry a water bottle inside the monument. Shoe covers, 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.

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

  • All the above mentioned items along with the mobile phones are banned for the night viewing of the Taj Mahal.

Photography and Videography:

  • Video camera is allowed up to the red sand stone platform at the main entrance gate of the Taj Mahal complex. There is a charge of INR 25 per video camera. Inside the main mausoleum photography is prohibited and visitors are requested not to make noise.

  • Video cameras are permitted after the security check during night viewing of the Taj Mahal, though extra batteries are prohibited.


  • Tourists must cooperate in keeping the monument neat and clean by making use of dustbins. You should avoid touching and scratching the walls and surfaces of the monument as these are old heritage sites that need special care.


What are you waiting for? Go and enjoy the wonderful and unparalleled beauty of the Taj.


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