Taj Mahal

India's Crown Jewel of Love and Beauty

Taj Mahal India
Taj Mahal India

Taj Mahal is the Architectural Marvel of India. One of the Seven Wonders. It is a true symbol of Love. The Beauty attracts millions of people from all around the world. It is a combination of History, Architecture, Beauty and Love. Always a best attractions for tourists and travellers. A must visit place for everyone and anyone in the world. In a life one must visit the Taj Mahal once.

Taj Mahal is built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife Mumtaj. The Taj Mahal is the jewel of art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.

In this article I will give every details of Taj Mahal like it's History, How it was built, How to visit there, where to stay, Entry tickets, Best time to visit etc, so that you can visit peacefully and enjoy this wonder.

History of Taj Mahal

The History of the Taj Mahal is fascinating and dates back to the 17th century. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan was in throne, who was the fifth Mughal Emperor. Shah Jahan ruled India from 1628 – 1658, which is called the "Golden age" of the Mughal era.

Mumtaz Mahal was the emperor's favourite wife and held a significant place in his heart. But she passed away during birth of her 14th child. The name of that child was Gauhar Begam.

After death of his favourite wife Shah Jahan decided to build one memorial which will be the Best symbol of Love in the entire world and the world will visualise it for generations.

The construction of the Taj Mahal stared in 1632 and completed in 1648, took approximately 22 years and involved the efforts of thousands of artisans, craftsmen, and labourers. It is believed that the design of the Taj Mahal was created by Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, an architect of Persian descent.

The Taj Mahal is located on the right bank of the Yamuna River in a vast Mughal garden that encompasses nearly 17 hectares, in the Agra District in Uttar Pradesh.

The Taj Mahal's architecture combines elements of Persian, Islamic, and Indian styles, reflecting the cultural fusion of the Mughal Empire. The main building is made of white marble, which is decorated by various carvings and gemstones. The central dome is a prominent feature, surrounded by four smaller domes. The structure is set within a large garden, with reflecting pools and pathways leading to the mausoleum.

The cost of building Taj Mahal was approximately 32 million rupees that time. Approximately 25000 people worked to build Taj Mahal. To bring the Marbles around 1500 elephants were appointed.

But Shah Jahan's last days of life was not good. He was jailed by his son Aurangzeb. Only one good thing he got in those days is from the cell of the jail he could see the Taj Mahal and spent the days in memory of his wife Mumtaj.

The Mausoleum of Mumtaj Mahal is situated inside Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan's Mausoleum is also placed beside his favourite wife Mumtaj.

Every year people comes to visit Taj Mahal from all around the world.

Over the centuries, the Taj Mahal has become an enduring symbol of India's rich history and heritage. It attracts around 9-10 million visitors from around the world who come to marvel at its breathtaking beauty and learn about its historical significance.

How to Reach to Taj Mahal?

The fastest way of reaching Taj Mahal, Agra is by air. The city of Taj, Agra, has its own airport that is around 7 km from the city center.

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There is a good network of trains connecting Agra with the rest of the country. The Nearest Railway station to Taj Mahal is AGRA FORT Railway Station, which is around 4 km away from Taj mahal east gate entry point.

Another railway station is Agra Cantt Railway Station, which is 6 km away from Taj mahal east gate entry point. Commute by auto or cab to Taj Mahal from there.

Check the Trains here: https://www.irctc.co.in/nget/train-search

Where to Stay?

So many Hotels are available near to Taj Mahal in reasonable prices. To avoid any hassel you can book hotels in advance.

Visiting Hours

Taj Mahal opens 30 Minutes before sunrise and closes 30 Minutes before sunset during normal operating days. Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays for general viewing. Other days it is always open.

Ticket Outlets

(Buying Taj Mahal Ticket from Entry Gate Ticket Counter)

  • Taj Mahal Western Gate :- Tickets are available on Western Gate near Saheli Burj. (Timing-One Hour before Sunrise upto 45 Minutes before Sunset).

  • Taj Mahal Eastern Gate :- Tickets are available at Eastern Gate of Taj Mahal. (Timing-One Hour before Sunrise upto 45 Minutes before Sunset).

  • Taj Mahal Southern Gate :- No Entry from this gate at Present only Exit is allowed.

Entry FeeS.No.Tourist TypeAmount (Rs.) (Inclusive of ASI & ADA fees)

1.Foreign tourist1100/- + 200/- Additional for visiting main mausoleum (Optional)

2.Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries540/- + 200/-Additional for visiting main mausoleum (Optional)

3.Domestic/Indian/OCI Cardholder50/- + 200/-Additional for visiting main mausoleum (Optional)

Buying a Taj Mahal Ticket Online

Official Website asi.payumoney.com & www.asiagracircle.in offers information and ticketing service for Taj Mahal tickets. Both foreign and domestic visitors may use the e-ticket booking for the ASI Taj Mahal and other monuments

Visiting the Taj Mahal during Full Moon Nights

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 nights after the full moon.Night Viewing Timing: 20:30 hrs. to 00.30 hrs. in 8 batches of max. 50 people each. Time duration for each batch is half an hour (30 minutes). Tourists have to report half an hour before the viewing time mentioned on their ticket at Shilpgram for security checks. Please note every one has to have ones i.d. during visit.

Ticket booking for Taj mahal night view will be allowed 7 days before full moon day from the below website:

https://asi.paygov.org.in/asi-webapp/#/ticketbooking

Taj Mahal Night View Ticket Price

Adult -Rs. 510/- (Indian)

Adult -Rs. 750/- (Foreigner)

Child (3-15 years) - both Indian & Foreigner Rs. 500/-

Night Viewing of the Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday & in the month of Ramzan.

Useful Information for Tourists Visiting Taj Mahal-

Water bottle is allowed inside the monument. Shoe covers, half Litre water bottle and Tourist Guide Map of Agra, Battery Bus & Golf Cart Service are provided free of cost with the SAARC, BIMSTEC & foreigner’s entry ticket for the Taj. Wheel Chair for Differently abled People & First Aid Box are available at ASI Office at Taj Mahal.

Do's

  • Tourists must co-operate in keeping the monument neat & clean by using dustbins.

  • Tourists are advised to hire approved guides & photographers who exhibit their identity cards.

  • Taj Museum inside Taj Mahal Complex opens from 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM, entry free.

  • No Polluting vehicles are allowed within 500 mts. radius of Taj Mahal. Parking Facility is available at Shilpgram for east gate entry & at Amrood ka Teela for west gate entry.

  • From parking to Taj Mahal gate battery buses & golf carts are available.

Don'ts

  • Drone camera is strictly prohibited inside and around the Taj Mahal.

  • Eating and smoking is strictly prohibited inside Taj Mahal. Arms, ammunitions, fire, smoking items, tobacco products, liquor, eatables (Toffees), head phones, knives, wire, mobile charger, electric goods (except camera), Tripods are also prohibited.

  • Mobile phones are to be kept switched off or on silent mode.

  • Please avoid carrying big bags and books inside the monument, this may increase your security check time.

  • Photography is prohibited inside the main mausoleum.

  • Avoid touching & scratching the walls & surfaces of the monument as these are heritage sites and need special care.

  • Visitors are requested not to make noise inside the mausoleum.

  • Above mentioned list of prohibited items along with mobile phones are banned for night viewing of the Taj Mahal. Video camera, extra batteries are prohibited though still camera is permitted after the security check for night viewing of Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal can best be described in the words of the Noble Laureate Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore,

"A tear drop in the face of eternity."

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