Taj Mahal Overview

Ranked 1 of 118 sightseeing in Agra

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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What travellers are saying about Taj Mahal

Experience scale
  • Excellent 437
  • Very Good 95
  • Good 52
  • Average 9
  • Terrible 3
  • Below Average 1
  • Poor 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchaseFood available for purchase
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  • Camera/Video allowedCamera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowedWearing of shoes/footwear allowed
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Operating hours

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
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Reviews and Ratings

Ashish Sehgal

Ashish Sehgal5.0/5

120 reviews

Amazing monument

It's rightly called as 7 wonders of the world and as stated we can divide the population into two halves one who have seen Taj and one who have not seen Taj. The monument is so elegant and beautiful that it takes your breath away.

Aruna kanjarla

Aruna kanjarla5.0/5

1 review

Best of all Wonders on Earth -The Taj

It was an amazing experience to see the mighty Taj. The architecture, vision, harwork involved is immeasurable. It was once in a lifetime experience to see The Taj Mahala so closely and it's always being afresh in my Memory Lane to travel here with my loved ones.
  • Best of all Wonders on Earth -The Taj
  • Best of all Wonders on Earth -The Taj
  • Best of all Wonders on Earth -The Taj

Pavan adapala

Pavan adapala2.9/5

3 reviews

Untrained security and local staff

Taj is the identity of India . I was shocked with the way entry was handled by security and local staff. Highly unfriendly rude behavior . I feel very well trained security should be places.

Davish kumar

Davish kumar5.0/5

3 reviews

Jamaal visit

Nice experience. Best time to visit is morning time. I recommend first purchase shoe cover from local street sellers. They provide you in 5 rs. When you are entering in makbara you should have to remove shoe/slipper or you have to wear shoe cover and then you can go inside. First see the makbra and Jamaal. And then returning time take to save time. Be prepare to walk three kilometers and more. For general ticket holder enter Jamaal from right side and from high value ticket holder enter Jamaal from left side. For high value ticket holders shoe cover are free of cost at the enterance of Jamal.

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Ronnyt Ours

Ronnyt Ours0.7/5

1 review

Awesome Experience

To see Taj in the morning is an amazing experience. The first glance is mesmerizing which you can never forget in your life. The imagination how they would have planned, worked is really beyond our thinking. The photographer make your day by suggesting different angles and views.

Rajeev jha

Rajeev jha5.0/5

4 reviews

Amazingly Beautiful Wonder

Perfect place for aesthetic beauty of Marble carvings and artistry!Garden design geometric and symmetrical. Fountains - not all work. On holidays / vacation period, horrible ques - both for entry and Taj Hal interior view. Own smart phone cameras are sufficient. Keep 4 - 5 hours minimum. No food allowed inside the campus.
  • Amazingly Beautiful Wonder

Bhavik gohil

Bhavik gohil5.0/5

2 reviews

Taj Mahala - The Architecture of Love

The most fantastic wonders of the world. The symbol of Love made keeping in mind each and every minute details. Feels like keep seeing the monument all day long. Truly amazing.
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  • Taj Mahala - The Architecture of Love
  • Taj Mahala - The Architecture of Love
  • Taj Mahala - The Architecture of Love
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Himanshu sharma

Himanshu sharma5.0/5

1 review

7th wonder of the world.

My experience was fabulous. It was the first time I ever saw taj Mahala from my own eyes. Really it is the brilliant piece of engineering from mankind. People should visit it one in a lifetime.
  • 7th wonder of the world.

Jasani bharat shambhubhai

Jasani bharat shambhubhai5.0/5

2 reviews

Visited Agra in Uttar Pradesh

Absolutely nice experience at Agra in Uttar Pradesh to see World famous as well as a symbol of Love "Taj Mahal" and Agra Fort. So beautiful. Felt awesome

Praveen chandra

Praveen chandra3.6/5

4 reviews

Take Mahala

It was too crowdy. I found it a total mis- management by local authorities there. How can they expect us to stand in long ques for several hours to have a glimpse of Taj Mahal? It was a bad experience. I won't recommend anyone to visit during this season ever. Things could have been managed well by local people there. Moreover, control mechanism is not up to the mark.

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