Taj Mahal

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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.

Planning Your Visit

  • 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 should I visit?
    Open from sunrise to sunset daily, closed on Fridays.
  • Is it expensive?
    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 information

    • 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.

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What people are saying about Taj Mahal

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4,015 reviews

The tour was really good. Especially our tour guide Ismail was amazing. He has 30 years of experience as a tour guide in Agra and he explained in detail about all the facts of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. He even has a great skill of photography (you can save your money by not paying the professional photographers who are available in Taj Mahal). We highly recommend to have him as your guide to have an amazing experience.

We loved everything about the tour. Our tour guide Aashish Gupta was very helpful and he even came to pick up us from the hotel and even came to drop us to the hotel. He is knowledgeable and told us the history and amazing stories of Taj Mahal. He answered every single question we asked and he is one of the best tour guide we have ever met. I recommend him to everyone. Looking forward for more trips with you.

We had a great tour, everything was nicely planned. Our guides provided us with interesting insights and the drivers were also very helpful and reliable. Would definitely recommend this tour!

Had a wonderful excursion while in India. I highly recommend this tour. Our guide Islam Ahmed was very knowledgeable and our driver was fantastic. Thanks for a great tour

Very well organised. The guide was knowledgeable, courteous and fluent.