Who wouldn’t have heard about Taj Mahal? It’s a universally admired masterpiece and a must see place for everyone visiting India. This post is written to help you prepare for your trip to Taj Mahal which got 100 million votes in the poll to join the New Seven Wonders of the World. That’s quite a lot in numbers. Isn’t it!!!!
Why Do You Think Taj Mahal Was Built?
Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan undertook the task of building Taj Mahal in 1631 to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal who died giving birth to their 14th child. It took around 22 years to complete the construction with the help of 20000 artisans. This white marble mausoleum is considered a monument of eternal love.
How About Entry Tickets You Ask?
Taj Mahal is open to visitors from sunrise to sunset. There are 3 entry gates to Taj Mahal and tickets may be purchased in the ticket booking office at all three gates. Avoid Taj Mahal South Gate as it gets crowded. I entered through East Gate which has least crowd. Entry fee is as below:
- Foreign Tourist: 1000 inr
- Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries: 530 inr
- Indian Tourist: 40 inr
You can also book tickets online: https://asi.payumoney.com/#/
Remember: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
Why Do I Ask You To Go Early?
- Empty ticket counter
- No queuing up for buggies
- Easy walk inside
- Fewer People
- Perfect Photos
Remember that you are the one in 8 million people visiting Taj Mahal every year. So wake up early to go to the ticket booking office to buy tickets (if you haven’t booked online). From here battery buses or buggies will pick and drop you to the entrance gate of Taj Mahal for free. Walk past the security check in a breeze. Enjoy the spectacular sunrise when the Taj Mahal looks like a blooming flower with fewer people around. There is no limit to how long you may stay inside.
How it would be to go after 9 am
Do You Know About Night Viewing Of Taj Mahal?
Yes. Night viewing of Taj Mahal is available on five days in a month i.e. on full moon night and two nights before and two after the full moon. Tickets will be available for 24 hours before the night viewing. Limited tickets are sold and you will be allowed to stay inside for 30 minutes. Timing: 20:30 hrs. to 00.30 hrs.
Remember: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays even for night viewing
Don’t fret!! They are in plenty. But please go early. You certainly don’t want thousands of people in the frame or line up under sun to nail those Instagram inspired pictures. Editing pictures are going to be a nightmare so get those perfect shots before people start pouring in. As soon as you enter the complex don’t waste time interacting with guides. You can hire them later after getting the right pictures.
Know this: The 377 year old Taj Mahal is being restored and scaffolding around the minarets will look prominent in pictures. Good editing tool should help you disappear the scaffolding.
What You Can Carry Inside?
Water bottles, mobile phones, cameras, small hand bags are allowed. However carry light and avoid those additional security check. Tripods, Keys, food are some items that you can’t carry. You can deposit any belongings that’s not allowed to be carried inside at the luggage counter in the ticket booking office.
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Any Other Place Of Interest In Agra?
Agra Fort: Exactly 2.5 kms from Taj Mahal is Agra Fort a UNESCO World Heritage site. Agra Fort was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty till 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi.
Agra fort is open from sunrise to sunset. You can choose to go for Light & Sound show every evening. Entrance fee as below:
- Foreign Tourist: 520 inr
- Indian Tourist:20 inr
Fathepur Sikri: If you have time I recommend you visit Jodha Bai’s Palace in Fathepur Sikri. Agra to Fathepur Sikri is about 35 km by road. There are trains as well.
Now The Big Question. Reaching Taj Mahal?
- Nearest Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi
- Distance by road: 230 kms from Delhi to Agra
The most popular way of reaching Agra city to visit Taj Mahal from Delhi is by train (2 to 3 hours) and road (4 to 5 hours), from Jaipur by road (5 to 6 hours) and train (4 hours). Train tickets can be booked online. From Delhi there are plenty of travel agents who should help you arrange private or group tours in vehicles.
Day Trip From Delhi To Agra?
By Train: Definitely possible. Your day would look like this. Take a morning train from Delhi railway Station. In 2-3 hours you should reach Agra Railway Station. For local movement you can hire taxi, cycle rickshaw or auto rickshaw to take you around Taj Mahal and Agra Fort or even Fathepur Sikri before dropping you back to the railway station in the evening for your return train to Delhi.
By Car: Similar itinerary as above but add in few extra hours for travel.
Where To stay?
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