Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 6.00 AM - 7.30 PM , Saturday: 6.00 AM - 7.30 PM , Sunday: 6.00 AM - 7.30 PM , Public Holidays: 6.00 AM - 7.30 PM

Taj Mahal, one of the most recognisable structures in the world, attracts around four million visitors annually. This beautiful structure of white marble was built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, in the memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

The construction of the monument started in 1632, a year after the death of his wife, and was completed in 1653. The Taj Mahal was constructed under the supervision of architects Abdul-Karim Ma'mur Khan, Makramat Khan and Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.  

This symbol of eternal love is the quintessence of Mughal architecture. Besides, it also combines elements from Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles. The tomb, which is a white marble structure, stands in the centre of a complex.

The base structure of this tomb is a multi-chambered cube with chamfered corners. Standing on a square plinth, the tomb is framed by four minarets, one at each corner of the plinth.

The most striking feature of this tomb is the marble dome, which is often called an onion dome. Decorated with a lotus design, the top of this tomb features a gilded finial, which is topped by a moon. The finial reflects a mix of traditional Persian and Hindu decorative elements. The exteriors of the Taj Mahal are decorated by paint, stucco, stone inlays or carvings.

Calligraphy of the passages from the Quran adores the plinth, minarets, gateway, mosque and jawab. To create the geometric forms on the domes and vaults of the sandstone buildings, tracery of incised painting has been used. White inlays are used in sandstone buildings, while dark or black inlays are used on the white marbles. Tiles or blocks in tessellation patterns are used in floors and walkways.

The interior chamber of the Taj Mahal is an octagon, which is decorated in lapidary work of precious and semiprecious gemstones. The bodies of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan were buried in the inner chamber with their faces looking in the right direction, towards Mecca.

The cenotaph of Mumtaz Mahal is placed in the centre of the inner chamber. Furthermore, the cenotaph of Shah Jahan lies west of Mumtaz Mahal's cenotaph. The cenotaph of Shah Jahan is bigger than that of his wife. Both the base and casket of the cenotaph are decorated with precious and semiprecious gems.

The complex of Taj Mahal has a 300 sq. m wide garden, which is also known as charbagh or Mughal Garden. The design of the garden draws influences from Persian gardens that were introduced in India by Babur, the first Mughal emperor. The Taj Mahal complex is bounded on three sides by red sandstone walls.

The Great gate, also known as Darwaza-i-Rauza, is the main gateway to the Taj Mahal. Mausoleums of the other wives of Shah Jahan and tomb of Mumtaz's favourite servant are located outside the Taj Mahal complex. Taj Mahal was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. Besides, it is also counted among the seven wonders of the modern world.

Taj Mahal is open for night viewing on the day of the full moon and two days before and after that. To protect the beauty of the monument, no petrol or diesel vehicle is allowed in the Taj area; hence, tourists have to use cycle-rickshaws, tongas and electric buses to reach the monument.

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Prashant Kumar

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  • Prashant Kumar
  • Lives in Ludhiana
  • 6 photos
  •  8 helpful votes
  • Posted Mar 13, 2017
Overall Rating
7/7
  • 701

Madhu Maddy

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 413 photos
  • 22 Reviews
  •  239 helpful votes
  •  14385 readers
  • Posted 2 months ago
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  • 253

Unnati sanghvi

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  •  2 helpful votes
  • Posted Mar 15, 2017
Overall Rating
7/7
  • 431

Prateek

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  • Prateek
  •  1 helpful vote
  • Posted Feb 20, 2017
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7/7
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Piyusha Vir

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  • Piyusha Vir
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 28 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  25 helpful votes
  •  113 readers
  • Posted Jan 26, 2017
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Virendras

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  • 81 photos
  •  7 helpful votes
  • Posted Jan 24, 2017
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Er abhishek Mishra

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  • Er abhishek Mishra
  • 2 Reviews
  •  42 helpful votes
  •  26 readers

"Super place in the world" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
When I was in Agra, I decided to visit world's Wonder the Jamaal ..
It's really a super place in the world and specially in India. It's have 3 gate to enter there.
It's can't be explained, you have to visit this to know how Beautiful Taj is.
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Preshak jaswant

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  • 9 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  71 readers

"Agra: City that redefines love" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Agra is the city where love is said to blossom in it's air as one of the only monument which redefines eternal love is build and considered as one of the seven wonders of the world .. The Taj Mahala. Build by emperor Shahjahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz. Agra is a beautiful place to visit for Maugham architecture and its intricate designs. Including beautiful fatehpur and sikhri
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Vivek

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  • 4 photos
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  •  19 readers

"Symbol of love"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I can't explain I can only feel The Taj ..
When I enter inside The Taj, I feel internally happiness, and all image are front of me that how the make/create The Taj,
New story is front of me that there is no cut any person hand of worker of Taj.
1. I like height of gate
2. I like design of wall of gate
3. I like design of wall of Taj
4. I click pic near love bench
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Vivek singh

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  • Vivek singh
  • 8 photos
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  •  19 readers

"First vacation to symbol of love"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I can't explain I can only feel The Taj ..
When I enter inside The Taj, I feel internally happiness, and all image are front of me that how the make/create The Taj,
New story is front of me that there is no cut any person hand of worker of Taj.
1. I like height of gate
2. I like design of wall of gate
3. I like design of wall of Taj
4. I click pic near love bench
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Parekh sahil

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  • Parekh sahil
  • 1 Review
  •  21 readers

"Awesome, Fantastic, full of Patriotism"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Ahmedabad-The city of Patriotism
There is Sabarmati Aashram, Aashram Road, Gandhi Bridge, Shubhash Bridge, Statues of Gandhiji, Shubhash Bose, Dr. Aabedkar etc.
Ahmedabad-World Heritage Site
Ahmedabad-e. G. Of City Planning
Etc.
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Ramesh negi

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  • Ramesh negi
  • Lives in Noida
  • 2 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  21 readers

"Taj, the Crown - Splendid as ever"

  • 5.6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I've visited Agra earlier as well, but every time I visit the place, I end up promising myself another visit. The fact that Taj and Agra are International destinations, makes us feel doubly proud about our heritage.
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Chirag Jain

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  • Chirag Jain
  • 16 Reviews
  •  484 readers

"Truly A Wonder"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Taj Mahala is really a wonder. The best time to view this monument is in the early morning when you will see it pure white. As the day passes the color of monument fades. Also, please do a guide with you and bargain hard. In early morning he can serve you as low as INR 200.
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Prashant kumar

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  • Prashant kumar
  • 3 Reviews
  •  36 readers

"Actual place wher you can feel racist in India"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Get ready for aggressive voice from ticket checker at main entry point, if you have paid for big price ticket "foreign priced you are welcomed at the left or else turn right and walk more even if you have kids or old age parents with you, take a whole walk of about 10-15min and reach the entrance. Also if you buy high price ticket you get a free shocks and a water bottle free, else buy it from dalals roaming outside. Can't understand what kind of country we are living with where you only respects foreigners even if you pay ₹80 for a mismanaged car parking and ₹40 for entry fee. I won't prefer to go there again ever
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Amol Sharma

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  • Amol Sharma
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1900 readers

"Wah Taj!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Beauty and history of this place is mesmerising - one must visit this place atleast once in your lifetime, best time to visit is early morning or in the evening before sunset. Administration should do something about managing the crowd and penalise people who throw waste (wrappers, empty water bottles) in and around the area.
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Tasmiya Banu

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  • Tasmiya Banu
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 16 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  220 readers

"Taj Mahal - One of the finest historic places in the world!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The most beautiful and magnificent marble mausoleum to visit. When you happen to be near Agra do make sure you visit this place early morning as you will have much splendid experience with less crowd and can get good pictures for yourself. Being among the seven wonders of the world, it is a place worth visiting. There is a rose garden on the way to the entrance of Taj Mahal and to reach there you can hire a camel ride. There are few emporiums and small shops nearby for shopping where you can buy stuffs like Taj Mahal souvenirs and hand crafted items.
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