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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.



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!



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.


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.


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

Very professional guiding and enjoyable tour

Be relaxed, its India, sometimes you feel lost in the overall chaos but at the end everything comes to a good ending and at the bottom line you will get a nice and enjoyable experience organized the Indian way and with good and knowledge English speaking tourist guide that will extend your overall experience. Mostly recommended.

A brilliant day helped by great driver and guide.

Could not have asked for a better day. Car was very clean & arrived on time. Driver was excellent & informative . We were on time at the Taj Mahal where our guide (Amam) was amazing. Everything was fully explained and his knowledge was exceptional. We could not have asked for two better gentlemen to make the day an unforgettable experience.

Fantastic tour round a wonderful historic building and city.

The guide was friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable about the Taj Mahal. We also went to the miniature version, aka the Baby Taj. Another great experience and learned a lot more too. Plus no need to strain taking selfies - the guide took over that part and we got many great pictures of us both in all the best places. Totally recommend Get Your Guide for a terrific experience.

A smooth well managed experience, highly professional

Everything promised by Get your Guide in the highlights and their detailed description of the experiences to be expected was fulfilled. From the pickup at the hotel, to being shown my seat on the train, to being met at Agra, and the return journey were all exactly as described. My guide at the Taj Mahal was brilliant and his knowledge of the history of the Taj was outstanding. The lunch provided was excellent. The only downside was the meals provided on the train. I can only strongly recommend this company for their organisational skills, friendly staff, and for their professionalism overall.

Informative tour of Taj Mahal and Agra fort

Tour with D was excellent. He was informative and extremely good at his job. Would recommend the tour.

Private Taj Mahal & Agra Tour from Delhi by Car Reviewed by Florence, 10/29/2018

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