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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Our insider tips

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.

What people are saying about Taj Mahal

This is an exceptionally well run operation. Highly recommended!

If you would like a pain free trip to the Taj, this is it. My son & I were picked up at our Delhi hotel, taken to our high speed train to Agra, met at the other end by Islam, our guide, who spent the entire day with us, before returning us to to the train. He was knowledgeable and whisked us past long lines. Not only was there someone with us all through the day, but we were able to fit in a whole day of sightseeing and be back in our hotel by 8.30 pm.

Maria Tours made it easy to get from our Felhi Hotel to Agra and back.

Aman was our guide and did an excellent job teaching us about Agra, the Taj Mahal and other historic structures on this tour. Their guides and drivers help orchestrate flawlessly our movement from our Delhi hotel yo Agra and back.

Our tour was fantastic and driver Vijay and guide Aman were stellar!

Not only did we have a great tour of the Taj Mahal from Aman and a completely worry free drive from Vijay but Maria Tourz is a completely honest company as well. I’ll explain. I didn’t understand that the booking was for two people do I booked it twice, once for my wife and once for me. I would have never known my error but Maria Tours picked up on my error, alerted me and refunded the money I paid for the second tour! I felt this speaks volume to their integrity as a company. I would highly recommend using them with complete confidence that they will put your needs first. Kudos to them on running such a fine company. Rick and Tracy Portland OR, USA

Excepting it to be amazing, we found it really incredeble...

We made the sunrise tour. Walking up at 2 AM to leave for the tour at 3 AM was a bit of a challenge. But we wouldn't have missed it, it was an incredible tour. Our guide, Mister Javed Ahmed, wasn't only our perfect English speaking guide, he was also our private fotographer... We had a great time with Javed, he was really involved and could tell us everything about the history and the reconstruction of the Taj Mahal. We are amazed about his knowledge... We enjoyed Javed's company and wish him al the best.

Private Sunrise Taj Mahal & Agra Tour from Delhi Reviewed by Joost, 06/25/2018

An excellent way to visit the iconic Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.

Our driver was very punctual and picked us up from our hotel right on time. He was a very skilled driver and we had a very comfortable trip from Delhi to Agra. Our English speaking guide was waiting to meet us when we reached Agra. He spoke English fluently and was very well informed about the history and architecture of both the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Our guide presented this information in a very interesting way by telling us about the lives of the people who were connected with these two monuments. He invited us to ask questions during our tour and answered all of our questions fully. We all learnt a lot! We were all glad that we had the opportunity to pre-purchase our tickets. Our visit was very well organised, very Interesting and enjoyable.

Private Sunrise Taj Mahal & Agra Tour from Delhi Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 06/06/2018

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