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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.

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

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.

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 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

A wonderful weekend customozed for me even if booked last minute.

Travelling alone the drivers and the guides were always on time bringing me through the sometimes crowded sights and being flexible regarding personal interests. My guides in Agra and Fatapur Sikri (option added to the Agra tour which I would highly recommended) were exceptional giving a lot of detail about the places and always knowing the fastest way to enter the sights skipping queues and the best places to take pictures. Only small improvement - there was no pressure and the heritage presentation was very nice but I would recommend is to check at the beginning what kind of shopping is in the interest of the guest. My guide in Delhi was somewhat less into the detail giving more free space to discover so I could see a lot during the day from the old and new Delhi. My weekend ended at the airport by 1830 pm and started only 11.00 so I would recommend to start earlier as there is some waiting time by the entrances and add a review of the plan at the beginning to fit all.

2-Day Delhi and Agra Excursion with Taj Mahal Sunrise Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/17/2017

Very good information and great service.

Faizan and Dharmender were great from pick up to throughout the day. They made sure we were comfortable and allowed us to adjust our day as the day went on. Tge tour locations were very effecient in getting around and we learned a lot of interesting information. We would strongly recommend them in the future for anyone. Faizan's youth, energy, and knowledge made the day bery pleasant and enjoyable. Anyone looking for a way to see Agra and the sites will not be disappointed.

Well worth the early wakeup an the money

The tour guide Mohammad is very knowledgeable and fun at the same time. He takes great photos at all the best places. Highly appreciated and recommended. I have had a great experience to visit Taj mahal and Agra fort.

Great experience, good car very nice guide.

Slept in the car, Arrived just after dawn. Guide was very nice and knowledgeable (and a good photographer) Highly recommended.!

Sunrise Taj Mahal Tour from Delhi Reviewed by jonathan, 10/05/2017

One wonderful day w Faizel on a buitiful place

A dream came through to see Taj Mahal, got a extra good day due to the guide Faizel that was calm and with good knowledge about Agra and all places we visited. So both the place and guide is recommended by both of us

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