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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

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

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

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.

Taj Mahal: Our 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 to visit
    Open from sunrise to sunset daily, closed on Fridays.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    • 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

The Sunrise tour was incredible. We had an amazing time!

Both our driver and tour guide were amazing people! Everything about the tour was great. I highly recommend the tour for anyone! Cheers to Travel.

Sunrise Taj Mahal Tour from Delhi Reviewed by Leo, 12/10/2017

Brilliant experience, enthusiastic & considerate guide

We were met off the train with no problem at all. Faizan, our guide and our driver Sahii immediately made us welcome and at ease. The whole tour went really well, Faizan had a real interest in what he was showing us and paved things perfectly. It was an experience we will be digesting for a while to come and remembering fondly for much longer

What a fabulous trip with great service and wonderful guides. Thanks!

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to take a day trip to see the Taj Mahal. Both the driver and the tour guide were friendly, informative, and fun! We really enjoyed ourselves and felt we were in great hands with Dilshad and our very informative guide. The lunch in an amazing 5 star restaurant was fantastic too. Definitely worth every penny. Thank you!

Sunrise Taj Mahal Day Trip from Delhi Reviewed by Martin, 12/04/2017

Amazing tour of the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, and artisans shop!!

Thid tour is dedinitely worth it. Our driver, Pradeep, was punctual, friendly, and had a comfortable car. Getting from Delhi to Agra was easy, and we were one of the first groups into the Taj Mahal for the sunrise tour. Our tour guide, Faizan, wad friendly, knowledgeable, and fun to spend the day with. He answered all of our questions, had a wealth of knowledge about the history and culture of the sights in Agra, and even took a bunch of pictures of us. It really made the whole experience more fun to get lots of information and context on the history of the Taj and the fort, and not have to worry about logistics at all. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Sunrise Taj Mahal Tour from Delhi Reviewed by Michael, 11/30/2017

Excellent service for both the guide and the driver=)

Overall experience is GOOD. Nevertheless, the tour to gift shops could discuss with us first, maybe one or two shops is good for one trip.

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