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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

Great driver, senior knowledgeable guide

This was an unforgettable trip to the Taj Mahal. Good drivers in India are a bit thin on the ground, our driver was excellent. We stopped for amazing Indian food on the journey. The new freeway is excellent. Our guide was senior, very knowledgeable as knew all the best spots for pictures. He let us take as long as we wanted to really appreciate the worlds largest monument to love. Recommended.

Private Taj Mahal & Agra Tour from Delhi by Car Reviewed by Adrian, 02/19/2019

Great Taj mahal & Agra fort tour! (Beware of morning fog!)

We had a good morning tour in Agra with our old guide Jamil. There was a mixup about ticket included or not, but he made a call and sorted right away. He gave us full stories of buildings & history, showed interesting spots, helped us get good pics. He was patient with us taking sooo many pictures all the way. Note this season Agra gets very foggy in morning so better not start too early. We arrived at 9am & yet we couldn't see Taj from the gate so Jamil took us inside first. It got better in 1 hour but still foggy. The lunch was delicious, the souvenir shops (marble mosaic & gems/pashmina) were not too bad. Be strong if you don't want anything, like any tours in the world. The driver also was polite & kind, the car was good & clean. Though it was extremely foggy morning, he drove very carefully and we immediately felt safe. He was on time for 5am pickup, we came back to the hotel at 5:30pm. Overall very good experience, I can recommend this tour to my friends.

A perfect, effortless way to stay my India trip!

I had amazing service the entire trip. Hira, my driver, was a gentle and safe driver, allowing me to catch up on some sleep after my international flights while driving me to the Taj Mahal. He also provide good conversation and tea. My guide Aman was very charismatic and knowledgeable about the sites. He took several outstanding photos of me along the way. He made sure to point out all the most important details of the sites while also adding in his own we expert opinion. Very experienced and thoughtful staff all around. Would highly recommend.

Everything was taken care of for us, punctual and no line up

Out guide was very informative, took care of everything so we could enjoy our time in Delhi. Taj Mahal was amazing!

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.

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