The Taj Mahal, AGRA INDIA

The Taj Mahal

the taj mahalTaj Mahal was built as the mausoleum in Agra, Uttar Pradesh in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Being one of the seven wonders of the world, it stands proud at the south bank of river Yamuna holding its incredible beauty. 

It was constructed of pure soft and white marble and jewelled with semi-precious stones. It is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a blend of Indian, Persian and Islamic styles. The complex was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1983. Every year, the Taj Mahal receives visits from between four and six million tourists from all over the world. 

The Heavenly Beauty

Taj Mahal, “the epitome of love”, is “a monument of immeasurable beauty”. The beauty of this magnificent monument is such that it is beyond the scope of words. The thoughts that come into the mind while watching the Taj Mahal of Agra are not just its phenomenal beauty, but the immense love which was the reason behind its construction. Taj Mahal is synonymous with eternal love and romance.

The Taj Mahal has many shades of splendid beauty, it looks pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden when the moon shines. hd images of taj mahal

Timings

Visiting Hours : 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes before sunset.
NIGHT SHOW : You can also see the moon bathed beauty of Taj Mahal only 5 days in a month i.e. on Full moonlight, two nights before and two nights after the full moon.
Night Viewing Timing : 8:30 pm to 12:30 am.

It is available for 8 batches of max. 50 people each. The time duration for each batch is half an hour (30 minutes). Tourists have to report half an hour before the viewing time mentioned on their ticket at Shilpgram for security checks. Please note everyone has to have ones i.d. during a visit.

Night Viewing of the Taj Mahal is closed every Friday & in the month of Ramzan.

The Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays. 

Tickets

  • No Entry Fee is there for the children below 15 years (both Indian and Foreigners)
  • Additional 200 rupees are there for visiting the main mausoleum (it is optional)
  • Following are the ticket prices for the other visitors:
Indians - INR 50+200
Foreigners - INR 1100+200
Citizen of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries - INR 540+200

Night Viewing Tickets

Taj Mahal Night Viewing Tickets are available One Day before Night Viewing of the Taj Mahal 10.00 A.M. to 6.00 P.M.

Indian - INR 510
Foreigner - INR 750
Children (3-15 years) - INR 500

Taj Mahal History

The Taj Mahal was built as a mausoleum by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died while giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. Her death left the emperor completely heartbroken, and his hair is said to have turned grey overnight. The construction of the Taj began in 1632. The main building was completed in eight years, but the whole complex was not completed until 1653. Soon after the construction was completed, Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb and imprisoned in the Agra Fort. For the rest of his life, he could only gaze at his wondrous creation through a window. Shah Jahan died in 1666, after which his mortal remains were buried here alongside Mumtaz. 

The famous legend related to the Taj Mahal is the mutilation of the craftsmen who constructed it. It is believed that on the completion of the construction, Shah Jahan ordered the hands of the project’s craftsmen to be chopped off so that no other building in the world could be this beautiful again. However, there is no historical evidence to support this theory.

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Guidelines

  • The best time to visit the Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the sunrise when it looks the most majestic. This is also the most comfortable time to visit because of fewer crowds. Another magical time to visit the Taj is the sunset.
  • Hire approved guides & photographers who exhibit their identity cards.
  • Eating and smoking are strictly prohibited inside the Taj Mahal. Arms, ammunitions, fire, smoking items, tobacco products, liquor, eatables (Toffees), headphones, knives, wire, mobile chargers, electric goods (except camera), Tripods are also prohibited.
  • Mobile phones are to be kept switched off or in silent mode.
  • Click as many pictures as you can from outside because photography is prohibited inside the main mausoleum.
  • Avoid touching & scratching the walls & surfaces of the monument as these are heritage sites and need special care.
  • Above mentioned list of prohibited items along with mobile phones is banned for night viewing of the Taj Mahal. Video cameras, extra batteries are prohibited though still camera is permitted after the security check for night viewing of the Taj Mahal

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Conclusion

The Taj Mahal is one of that reason for which India is known in the whole world. Its heart taking beauty makes every visitor fall in love and attracts them to come again and again. If you are the one who understands the purity of love then must visit the place and feel the love spread all around in the air.

Let your eyes feel blessed to see the magnificent beauty. The Taj Mahal deserves your visit again and again like you deserve to visit there again and again.

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