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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.

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 informative with knowledgable guide

Our driver Hakim was punctual and professional. Our guide Asif held a Masters in Indian history. Great attention to detail.

Full Day Taj Mahal & Agra Tour from Delhi by Car Reviewed by WILLIAM, 03/01/2018

Lovely but long day out to a fabulous wonder of the world

Lovely day out but the travel agent could do with planning ahead and being more organized. Only hours before our departure he was still frantically trying to book our train seats and needed more information off us even tho we'd had confirmation of our booking a month earlier. Then each tour guide wanted us to pay the entrance fees to the sites although they were included in the price we paid. Also the tour guide was constantly rushing , think it was so he could get home early because we had plenty of time left to visit a couple of shops . Saying all this we had a fantastic day and all guides and transport turned up on time and could speak English and were very helpful and knowledgeable. The train journey was not anywhere near the English comfort and don't get excited about the meals provided, think 1/2 as good as airplane meals. You do get to see a lot of real India tho , with cows, monkeys and pigs roaming the streets and you see real poverty compared to the beauty of the Taj Mahal

Impressive - very well organized even though we booked at the last min

I am very impressed with Maria Tours' level of professionalism. This private full day tour is the way to go - you get to move along on your own timeline...skip what you want to, spend extra time when you want to. Our guide spoke excellent English, and our driver was courteous and prompt. Five stars!

Full Day Taj Mahal & Agra Tour from Delhi by Car Reviewed by Katrina, 01/29/2018

Great tour, would definitely do this one again!

It can be challenging to choose the right tour, the right company, etc, for such a big adventure, but this one was perfect. As advertised, efficient, and knowledgeable guide Aman, with lots of personality!

Taj Mahal & Agra: Private Tour from Delhi by Express Train Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/16/2018

Guides were incredibly informative and helpful

Amman was a great guide. I learned quote a bit about Taj Mahal and the surrounding areas. The extra perk is also that Amman knows how to take AMAZING pictures...he's a millennial so knows what makes a good social media shot. Additionally, the driver Sahil was incredibly friendly and played some awesome Bollywood music and kept me entertained between the drive from Taj Mahal to Fatepur Sikhri. The trip from my hotel to the train was also great...the whole trip was well organized and done well. I would highly recommend getting a younger tour guide (like Amman) over an older guide. The younger ones have to take many tests and get a license, whereas the older ones did not have to do that - the difference in knowledge definitely shows!

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