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The Taj Mahal's Top 5 Architectural Features

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?

Onion Dome

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.

Minarets

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!

Iwans

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.

Wall Carvings

The awesome tessellating patterns and sweeping geometry covering the inner walls of the Taj Mahal are proof of the confluence of science and art.

Makrana White Marble

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.

Taj Mahal: Our Tips

Dress code

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.

Early arrival

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.

Luggage

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.

Agra

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.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Open 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 there
    Check 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

Really looked after from pick up to departure

We were picked up from our hotel and brought to the train station our guide made sure we got our seats on the train OK. When we got the Agra the next guide was waiting for us when we got out of the carage of the train. He was so lovely and knowledgeable on the Taj and the Red Fort. He then brought us back to the train after a full day site seeing and a driver was waiting to pick us up when we got back to Delhi from Agra to bring us to the hotel.

Nice to see the Taj Mahal at sunset and sunrise...

I enjoyed the ride to Agra, the driver did a good job. He was always available and on time to take us to the next site. I liked seeing the countryside on the way to Agra and the way back to Delhi. The guide was congenial, interesting and knowledgeable, so it made the site visits more thought-provoking enabling me to really enjoy the tour and the history.

It was a beautiful experience with my teenage son. We will never forge

It was wonderful- our guide and driver were awesome. We were visiting when there was the financial crisis, so we weren't able to exchange American money for rupees, but your company still made this experience possible for us. We are eternally grateful for that.

Our guide was exceptional, very knowledgeable and excellent English

Javed was extremely knowledgeable and made the whole experience so much more interesting and exciting. His knowledge of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort and Baby Taj were so enlightening. He made sure that we were well looked after and was a pleasure to spend the whole day with. Anybody wanting to do this tour, and it is a must for anyone visiting India, I would most strongly recommend this young man.

Full Day Taj Mahal & Agra Tour from Delhi by Car Reviewed by Peter, 10/24/2016

Travelling via express train between Delhi and Agra!

Arrangements and guidance for transport between hotel and stations in Delhi was done well including seat reservations.

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