Taj Mahal Agra: Timings, History, Entry Fee, Images, Built by & Information

The Taj Mahal in Agra is an enchanting architectural marvel built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Today the monument stands as a masterpiece of architectural beauty and a symbol of eternal love. Its romanticism continuously draws tourists from all around the world. It was built entirely out of a white marble structure; the Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful monuments in the world. It’s the center of attraction especially on a Golden Triangle Tour circuit.
The magnificent hues of the monument change as the day begins and ends in vivid shades. Many visitors flock here to capture the early morning bliss and sometimes in the evening to see the moonlight adorning the Taj’s beauty.
In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the Taj Mahal’s history, timings, entry fees, architectural significance and more, offering a glimpse into the marvel that continues to mesmerize the world.

Entry Timings: 5:00 AM to 6:30 PM (Friday remain closed)
Taj Mahal Agra is open 30 Minutes before sunrise and closes 30 Minutes before sunset during normal operating days (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays for visitors)

Entry Tickets: 

  • Domestic/Indian – 50/- + 200/- Additional for visiting main mausoleum (Optional)
  • Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries – 540/- + 200/- Additional for visiting main mausoleum (Optional)
  • Foreign tourist – 1100/- + 200/- Additional for visiting main mausoleum (Optional)
  • Entry Below (Children Below Age 15) – Free

Location of Taj Mahal: A white marble tomb lies on the south bank of River Yamuna. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site that stands as a testament to India’s rich heritage culture.

History of Taj Mahal:
The Taj Mahal’s construction was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The monument stands as a symbol of undying love and devotion. Its construction was begun in 1632 and took over 20,000 artisans and labourers approximately 22 years to complete without the structure finally finished in 1653. The brilliant architecture was designed by a renowned architect Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, the Taj Mahal blends elements of Persian, Islamic and Indian architecture. The Taj Mahal is truly a masterpiece of unparalleled beauty and a symbol of love. In 1983, the Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Every year thousands of visitors from across the world flock here to admire the exclusivity of this monument.

Architecture of Taj Mahal:
Agra’s Taj Mahal incorporates the architectural traditions of Indo-Islamic and Mughal styles with some differences. Although most Mughal structures were built with red sandstone bases, but the Taj Mahal’s exterior used white marble and semi-precious stones. The architects and garden planners gave it a remarkable uniqueness.
Taj Mahal has four faces; all are aligned in perfect symmetry. It features impressive vaulted arches inscribed with shiny stones and quotations from the Quran. The tomb is at one end of a lavish garden instead of the centre, giving it a distant heavenly view. It is raised on a square platform with tall minarets at the corners. All of these have octagonal bases that extend beyond the edges of all the corners. The monument’s construction was primarily based on white marble, featuring intricate inlay work using semi-precious stones like lapis lazuli, jade, and turquoise. Every element of its architecture creates mesmerizing floral and geometric patterns.
The mosque and Mehman Khana on either side of the tomb are built of red sandstone. They’re in stark contrast to the white tomb, both are identical in their structures and have a large platform over the terrace at their front.

Things to do in the Taj Mahal:

  • Admire the Taj Mahal’s grandeur embellished with intricate carvings and delicate inlays.
  • Visit the mausoleum chamber to see the artistry on walls and floors.
  • Relax in the gardens surrounding the Taj Mahal.
  • Visiting the mosque and the Jawab, built as a mirror image of the mosque.
  • Explore the Taj Museum's collection of artefacts and exhibits of miniature paintings.
  • Marvel the entrance gate referred to as darwaza-e-Raza, which is a worthy site to explore.
  • Watching the sunset from the entrance which undergoes a mesmerizing transformation.

Best time of the day to visit the Taj Mahal:
Explore the Taj Mahal at its best during winter (from November to February). The weather in Agra is the most comfortable and pleasant. Visit here during the evening hours for the best experience. Morning hours are also suitable if you want to enjoy your visit with fewer people around.

North India’s iconic Taj Mahal captivates everyone who sees its ethereal beauty, serving as an eternal tribute to love, and creativity. Travellers on the Golden Triangle Tour are drawn to the monument to capture its stunning brilliance firsthand because of its remarkable architectural design. While we are in awe of its magnificence, let us also promise to save and guard this cultural gem for future generations, guaranteeing that the Taj Mahal's heritage will last forever.

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