Embark on a full-day excursion to Agra for a private tour of the Taj Mahal. Travel from Delhi by express train, and see the Taj Mahal at sunrise,…
Experience one of the world’s most romantic buildings with a skip-the-line ticket to the Taj Mahal in Agra, and discover a jewel of Islamic…
See the sunrise over the marble mausoleum of the Taj Mahal on a full-day tour of Agra from Delhi. Visit one of the world's most romantic monuments,…
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One of the world's largest mausoleums, the Taj Mahal was completed in 1643 under Shah Jahan, who commissioned it in memory of his most beloved wife who died in childbirth. So what are the top architectural features you should watch out for?
Perhaps the most distinguishing part of the Taj Mahal, this massive feature crowning the building is popular not only in Islamic architecture but also Russian Orthodox.
The Taj Mahal is flanked by four tall minarets. In recent years, the Indian Archeological Society has expressed concern at the fact that they are beginning to tilt slightly!
The iwans are the pointed arches at the sides. If you take a closer look, you'll see they are decorated with intricate Koranic calligraphy.
The awesome tessellating patterns and sweeping geometry covering the inner walls of the Taj Mahal are proof of the confluence of science and art.
The Taj Mahal's white marble changes color with the time of day. Pastel pink or blue, dazzling white - if you spend the whole day there, you will experience the whole spectrum.
Please remember that the Taj Mahal is an Islamic building. Although no specific dress code is enforced, it's best to dress modestly out of respect - this means covering knees and shoulders.
If you want to avoid the lines, it's best to arrive at the Taj Mahal at the crack of dawn. If you're not a morning lark, don't worry - this is one of the most beautiful times of day to view the monument and its gardens.
Lockers are available, but please note that your bag is likely to be searched - no food is allowed to be brought into the Taj Mahal.
Although you might be stopping at the Taj Mahal via New Delhi, the nearby city of Agra is worth a visit, too. It's easy to combine your Taj Mahal trip with a tour to Akhbar's fort and the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri.
- When to visitOpen from sunrise to sunset daily, closed on Fridays.
- What is the price?Adult tickets start at just Rs710 (about $11) but go up once you add in tour packages and transportation.
- Will I need a guide?The Taj Mahal is one place where a guide will enhance your experience ten-fold. Look at a few different options in order to find the experience that works best for your group.
- How to get thereCheck trains departing from Agra for the easiest route.
- Additional tips
- Ticket prices vary for domestic versus foreign visitors, but children under 15 are always free.
- Tickets can be purchased at the Western and Southern gates, and about 750 meters from the Eastern gate.
What People Are Saying About Taj Mahal
The Skip-the-Line Taj Mahal tour turned out to be more and better than I expected, even with the good reviews that I had read. On top of that, it was a great bargain! Our excellent guide was Aman. He came by to meet us the night before and to confirm details. We decided to go at sunrise, which was a very good choice. The air was clearer than it had been, and Aman got us placed early in the line so that we were ahead of most of the day's crowds. The morning was cool, and the light on the monument was lovely. The Taj Mahal is beautiful, and Aman's love of the monument and its history were evident throughout our tour. He knows so many details and presents them in a very interesting way. He was sensitive and accommodating to our interests and desires on the tour. I recommend this tour wholeheartedly.
We really enjoyed our trip to the Taj Mahal! We felt very safe in the car and the ride went smooth. Tour guide was very well informed and we enjoyed the day with him.
I drove with Kasim to Agra and had a pleasant journey. He is a safe and good driver, no issues with pick up or drop off. Saeed was my guide once in Agra. He was very accommodating and knowledgeable. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to see Agra from Delhi in one day. It was an early morning but definitely worth it. We did wait a couple hours at the Taj for the fog to lift and I am so glad we did! Thanks Saeed!!
Great value for the money spent, Our guide Amaan was fabulous, very informative tour, very clean car. Worth every penny to skip the long lines at the Taj.
Couldn't have asked for a better day. Driver and guide were very professional and kind. The day went real smoothly. I started the tour at 6am and would recommend that to everyone else so to alleviate traffic getting out of the city in the morning.