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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.


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.

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.


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.

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

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.

On time pick up and a nice/very helpful driver and guide

The driver was on time for pick up and the tour was customized to meet my drop off time constraint. The guide was also nice.
Sunrise Taj Mahal Tour from Delhi Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/31/2016

A must see - perfect day with a friendly staff

The guide and the driver were very kind and didn't push me at all for anything. They answered all my questions and all our exchanges were very interesting. Driver was on time to the meeting. I had plenty of time taking pictures, spending time watching those incredible site. I would definitively recomment it.
Full-Day Taj Mahal Sunrise Excursion from Delhi Reviewed by Benoit, 07/25/2016

Completely reliable driver, guide and service.

We signed up for a sunrise excursion to the Taj Mahal from Delhi. The early hour allows you to miss the crowds and the high heat. The agency, Unique India Tours, was reliable and responsive. The driver was on time for our 2am pick up and drove us safely and timely to the Taj Mahal. Our guide was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, friendly and patient. The weather was rainy but in no way dampened our visit to the Taj Mahal; it's a site worth seeing.

The day was perfect, I was well looked after and the guide was amazing

Being a single traveller I was worried about the day but I need not have. The day was great, start to finish. The driver was great and stopped for breaks when I needed and got drinks for me throughout the day. The tour guide was also informative about the different attractions and gave useful tips about the local area. A great day and I recommend them entirely!
Sunrise Taj Mahal Tour from Delhi Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/19/2016

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