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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

It was great time to experience taj mahal.

Great Guide Faizan, Driver with kind explaination and drive. I got much closer with information about taj mahal.

Sunrise Taj Mahal Tour from Delhi Reviewed by Dongeun, 08/21/2017

Very nice 1 day family Trip to Taj Mahal

Very nice trip, very nice and competent guide who accomplishes well on our wishes and ptrotects our privacy.

2-Day Delhi and Agra Excursion with Taj Mahal Sunrise Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/19/2017

Excellent, beat the crowds and great guide.

Said was a great guide, very informative and he stayed with me throughout to provide explanations but also allowed me time after to explore on my own. He was very happy to let me decide what I wanted to do, but made informative suggestions. Car and driver Nando (?) were also very good and the lunch at the hotel was really nice. The early start is a killer but worth. Note however that the complex doesn't open until dawn so you won't actually see the sun rising over the TM - but it's still worth the early start to beat the heat and the crowds. Another advantage to this trip is that I had somewhere to leave my food, tripod etc, all the items that are prohibited in the Taj Mahal - I left them in the car. Highly recommended!

Sunrise Taj Mahal Day Trip from Delhi Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/15/2017

Excellent guide! Knowledgeable, passionate and caring about us!

Excellent guide! Knowledgeable, passionate and caring about us! The drive down was in a spacious very well air conditioned car.

Sunrise Taj Mahal Day Trip from Delhi Reviewed by Paul, 08/08/2017

An incredible experience, made all the better by our guide Faizal!

We highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the Taj Mahal. Our journey was smooth, the views were stunning and beating the crowds was a real plus point. Our guide Faizal was informative and relaxing and so friendly. His English was brilliant and he answered any questions we had to ask. Faizal's love and passion for Taj Mahal was infectious! 10/10

Sunrise Taj Mahal Tour from Delhi Reviewed by Robbie, 07/30/2017

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