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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

Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 2,883 reviews

Incredible experience, with a very friendly and knowledgeable guide.

I completely recommend this experience. We had an unforgettable time at the Taj Mahal, no pressure at all to buy anything (photographs etc), to the contrary our guide really helped us navigate through this! The driver was also very professional and the car very clean. Highly recommend.

5th time at the Taj Mahal - Still as impressed as ever!

I visit India very often, if I am travelling with friend, I always make we make a whistle stop to the Taj and Agra Fort. Landing in Delhi at midnight, we were promptly pick up at 3am. Arriving into Agra bu 6h30. We were guided around the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort - with an interesting young guide. We saw everything we need to, without being forced to visit shops or factories. We left and were back around the pool in Delhi by 15h30. There is no need to spend any more time in Agra. It was the perfect trip!

My guide (Sadik) was very professional, informative, and competent.

Sadik, was educated, a wealth of information and tended to my needs as a visitor to Agra. He made me feel safe and let me know what to expect as we toured that day. If I wanted to see something, he would go out of his way to do so. My driver was excellent and used a quality large vehicle.

Most convenient way to see Agra from Delhi!

As the title says, it really is the most convenient way! Driver arrived on time to our hotel, took us to Delhi train station and waited with us at the platform until our train came, meals and water were provided on the train. Picked up at Agra station from the train by our private tour guide and driver and taken to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and the Baby Taj, followed by a lunch (included in the price) and souvenir stop. Our tour guide brought every place we visited alive with a wealth of knowledge on every location and went above and beyond in capturing amazing photos of the whole experience for us. We were then taken back to Agra train station where the driver again waited at the platform for us to board our train and the same driver that took us to the train station in Delhi in the morning picked us up at the platform again. Over all this was an amazing, completely stress free experience that i couldn't recommend enough!

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.

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