Taj Mahal - 5 Things to Know Before Visiting



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About Taj Mahal

One of the best example of Mughal architecture. The ivory-white marble Islamic mausoleum was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal; it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. The tomb is the centerpiece of a 17-hectare (42-acre) complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a wall. #tajmahal #wondersoftheworld

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Activities Around

Attractions Near Taj Mahal

Agra Fort

Agra Fort

2.14km from Taj Mahal

It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638 when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. The fort can be more accurately described as a walled city.

Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri

38.1km from Taj Mahal

The city founded as the capital of the Mughal Empire in 1571 by Emperor Akbar, serving this role from 1571 to 1585, when Akbar abandoned it due to a campaign in Punjab and was later completely abandoned in 1610. Today, it consists of a cluster of monuments- forts, stables, mosques etc., Buland Darwaza or the "Door of victory", is one of the main attractions here, which was the highest gateway in the world and this whole place is an example of Mughal architecture. It displays sophistication and h

Patna Bird Sanctuary

Patna Bird Sanctuary

47.68km from Taj Mahal

Patna Bird Sanctuary is a protected area in Uttar Pradesh's Etah district encompassing a lentic lake that is an important wintering ground for migrating birds. It was founded in 1991 and covers an area of 1.09 km2

Government Museum, Mathura

Government Museum, Mathura

50.53km from Taj Mahal

Government Museum, Mathura commonly referred as the Mathura museum is an archaeological museum in Mathura city of Uttar Pradesh state in India. The museum was founded by then collector of the Mathura district, Sir F. S. Growse in 1874. Initially, it was known as Curzon Museum of Archaeology, then Archaeology Museum, Mathura, and finally changed to the Government Museum, Mathura.

Keoladeo National Park

Keoladeo National Park

51.37km from Taj Mahal

This is a famous avifauna sanctuary that hosts thousands of birds, especially during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to be resident. It is also a major tourist center with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season.

Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple, Mathura

The Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex is a group of Hindu temples in Mallapura, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India. These temples are built around the place where major Hindu deity Krishna is said to have been born. The place holds religious significance since the 6th century BC

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What Visitors Say About Taj Mahal


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Nithin Mathew

Nithin Mathew


Taj definetely owns it's hype. I was sceptical but once there, I was amazed by the beauty and the magnificence of the monument. 

We were one of the first ones to enter the premises, reached at the site around morning 5.30 or so, and had the privilege to see it uncrowded. The sunrise with the Taj in front is a spectacle, with the sun rays reflected by the structure. The garden around it has a lot of birds that constantly make beautiful noice which elevates the experience. I think everyone should visit Taj Mahal once.

There is also a nice viewpoint behind Taj, on the other side of river Yamuna where we went the previous day. It is not as great as entering the Taj compounds but still almost close.
Ashwin Ram

Ashwin Ram


Taj Mahal ,the Greatest symbol of love.
This is how King Shahjahan expressed his pure love towards his beloved wife Mumtaz.
Sanjay Bhaskar

Sanjay Bhaskar


Taj Mahal is a must visit monument in when in India.

The only reason I decided to visit Taj Mahal is so that the next time when someone asks me if I've visited Taj Mahal, I can look them in they eye and say 'Yes, I have seen the Taj Mahal'. Being an Indian living overseas, everyone who has ever travelled or is planning to travel to India asks me this question and I was tired of saying 'No'.

But little did I know that I was about to be blown away by this magnificent marble monument  when I laid eyes on it for the first time. It is enormous, elegant and enchanting. The attention to detail is remarkable and the sparkling gem stones embedded in the marble makes you feel like you are floating around in dreamland.

Taj Mahal can be covered easily in 3 hours if you are in a rush to catch a bus/train/plane. Or, you also also roam around it soaking in the view if you have extra hours to spare.

I would suggest spending 1 day for Taj Mahal and Red Fort when in Agra.

Also, hire a guide. I strongly recommend hiring a guide even if you are from India and speak good Hindi. We booked a guide from the same company that we booked the taxi and the guide cost us Rs. 400.

The guide can tell you stories behind each attraction and feed you  with information that you would have otherwise missed. He can also tranform into a photographer for those group/family pics.

The guide might ask whether you want to go shopping and tell you that he knows the "best" places to buy leather products and 'paan petha'. Guides get a cut of the purchase made by the customer. You do not have to feel compelled to buy anything. Only buy if you are interested. Do some research online if possible.

I bougth a leather laptop bag (pretty good leather) and some paan petha to take back home for the family.

Shubham Sethi



Lincy Lowrance






the wonder!



@nithin hope it was memorable too.. For you as well @sanjay

Nithin Mathew

Nithin Mathew

This was a great visit!

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