"The embodiment of all things pure”, said Rudyard Kipling on Taj Mahal’s beauty and that is no wordplay as the Taj is undoubtedly a pure epitome of beauty. It is an immortal poem in white marble and is the finest expression of love of an emperor for his queen. Located on a bank of River Yamuna, it was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife and Queen Mumtaz Mahal between 1631 to 1648 A.D., who died while giving birth to her 14th child and whose last wish to her husband was “to build such a tomb in her memory which the world has never seen before.” It is believed that it took over 17 years, 22000 workers and 1000 elephants to build the wonderful mausoleum.The Taj Mahal is one of the three World Heritage Sites in Agra. Set in a serene Mughal Garden the monument stands on a raised marble platform, with its back towards Yamuna River. The four sides of the Taj Mahal show a perfect symmetry and feature impressive vaulted arches embellished with Pietra Dura scrollwork, and verses from the Quran in calligraphy using inlaid jasper. This architectural masterpiece is one of the most frequented places in India by photographers and foreign tourists. The Taj Mahal looks as immaculate today as when it was first built, leaving the onlookers mesmerized.
Visiting Hours: Open from Sunrise to Sunset. Closed on Fridays.
The monument is located in the Taj Ganj area.
Indian - 40,Foreigner - 1000, Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries - 530
Hire approved guides who exhibit their identity cards.
Eating and smoking is strictly prohibited within the vicinity of the monument.
Avoid scratching the walls of surface of the monument as it is a World Heritage Site and requires special care.
Cameras are allowed but photography is restricted inside the main mausoleum.
Polluting vehicles are not allowed within 500 Mts. radius of Taj Mahal. The Parking facility available at Shilpgram for Eastern Gate and at Amrood-Ka-teela for the Western Gate.
Entry Free for Children below 15 years.