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The Taj Mahal: An ode to love & perfection

The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World & India’s most popular tourist destination. It was built during the 1630’s by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as an ode to love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It’s built of white marble & took about 20,000 people &  22 years to complete and every minute invested on it can be seen on the walls, the floors, the gardens, the fountains on everything.  The art on the marbles is amazingly crafted with beautiful patterns & floral designs. Its beautiful architecture combines the elements of Islamic, Indian, Persian, Ottoman and Turkish styles of art.

The Perfect Itinerary:

When to visit:

The best time to visit Taj Mahal is during winters which fall between October to March. If you are planning to go during summers, I would suggest you to visit early which would be around 6 AM-9 AM, avoid the afternoon time as it can be unbearably hot & humid. There are three entrances: the West, South & East gates. The West & East gates open at 6 am while South gate opens until 8 AM.

If possible make a visit early morning & spend the sunrise time at the Taj Mahal. The sunrise most amazingly unfolds the beauty of this mausoleum. Your getting up early and reaching there on time would be totally worth it.

Opening Hours:

Daytime: Sunrise to Sunset everyday except Fridays (when it’s closed for prayer).

Night Time: 8:30 pm to 12:30 am.

Entrance fees:

For foreign nationals the ticket is priced at 1000 rupees (15 USD) which includes a bottle of water, shoe covers & a tourist map of Agra.

For Indian nationals the ticket is priced at 40 rupees. You will need to purchase shoe covers separately.

During your visit you will be allowed to carry your camera & mobile phone with you. Edibles, torch & sharp objects are not allowed inside.

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Entrance into the beautiful layout:

Further when you pass the grand entrance gate you will see a perfect symmetrically styled garden with lawns and waterways divided by wide paths. Ahead will be the white marble mausoleum- The Taj Mahal. You will be left in awe of the perfectly fine layout. Take your time and enjoy the place and its beauty. Take as many pictures as you can, also there are photographers available there too who can help you get those perfect & memorable pictures.

Taj Mahal Agra
View from the entrance

After walking through the gardens you will enter into the mausoleum. From here you will have to put on your shoe covers and walk towards the top deck of the Taj Mahal that faces towards the banks of the Yamuna River.

Taj Mahal Agra
The Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal Agra
View of Yamuna River from the Taj Mahal

Inside are the tombs of Shah Jahan & Mumtaz surrounded by carved marble screens.  You can see the finely detailed stone works & designed carvings on the walls. Taking pictures is strictly prohibited in this part of the mausoleum. You will have to keep moving with the crowd which can be sometimes overbearing & beware of pick pockets too.

Below is the picture of one of the mosques outside the mausoleum.

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Mosque at the Taj Mahal

You can take your car or an auto rickshaw across the Yamuna River to the Mehtabh Bagh gardens on the opposite bank for another great view of the Taj. We took many beautiful pictures with the help of a professional photographer and below is one of them.

Taj Mahal Agra
Picture taken from Mehtab Bagh

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Where To Stay:

I would suggest you to stay at the accomodation which is near Taj Mahal since all the major attractions such as Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh and Itmad Ud daulah are easily accessible from this area. Below are some of my picks for a pleasant stay while visiting Agra;

Hostel: Zostel, Hotel Safari

Budget Hotel: Hotel Safari, Treebo Maniram Palace

Mid – Range Hotel: Hotel Safari, The Gateway Hotel

Luxury Hotel:  Trident, Double Tree By Hilton, Oberoi Amar Vilas

You can also book your perfect stay in the City Of Taj from the box below showing the best hotel deals;



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Related Read : Must Visit Attractions In Agra


Visiting Taj Mahal is an incredibly amazing experience. It’s grandeur cannot be described through pictures or words. You must visit and witness its mesmerizing beauty & magnificence for yourself.

Have you seen the Taj Mahal, or plan to make a visit? Please post your experience/opinion here, I would love to hear from you 🙂

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109 thoughts on “The Taj Mahal: An ode to love & perfection

  1. Those are magnificent pictures! Thank you for the great information, too. I honestly didn’t even realize people could visit the Taj Mahal! Admiringly, I’ve never researched or looked into it either so I learned a lot from your post. It sparked a budding desire to travel more and see the world more fully. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I am glad the blog was helpful. You must surely plan a visit to India, it would be a wonderful experience as there are many places and different cultures to discover about. I will be uploading more travel blogs in the coming weeks. I hope you enjoy them too.😃

  2. Oh, wow, your professional picture is wonderful. What a beautiful thing for you both to keep, and a memory!

    I was lucky enough to visit the Taj Mahal last summer, unfortunately, for the first time in its history, it had scaffolding at its sides for essential work that had to be carried out, Thankfully, it did not take much from its majesty! Such a beautiful place with an epic love story hovering eternally in its midst. You are lucky to live so close.

    This is a great post. I like how you have separated the text by title to help readers navigate the information they need. You are clearly a talented writer and I enjoyed reading! It brought back memories of a magical visit to your incredible homeland.

    If I were to add anything, I would recommend an ‘about’ page, so readers can find about more about who you are and why you write. It will gain a lot more hits than you may think!

    1. Thank you so much on your wonderful insights on my blog and for all the appreciation. It has made my day.😊

      I am glad that you visited the Taj Mahal & enjoyed it’s beauty, it’s truly an amazing experience.
      I will surely be working on the ‘about’ page soon as per your valuable suggestion 😃

      1. It was my pleasure! It is always wonderful to meet new bloggers and read their material, and if I can help, then better again!

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  3. Now I am having all the feels to visit this beautiful place. Thank you for sharing. Your pictures are stunning. I would love to see you over at my blog sometimes. I welcome all feedback about my work in an effort to improve my own writing. Feel free to stop by and let me know what you think of my post in the post comments and follow along if you enjoy the content. Hope to see you soon.

  4. What a beautiful piece of architecture. I would love to see it up close, but I have not had the chance to do so yet.

    This was a great post, because not only did it include a report from your visit and pictures, but also helpful information for those who would make their journey to this place. Well done.

    Also, the professional photograph looks like a fairy tale painting. So surreal.

  5. The Taj Mahal is on our bucket list! A friend of ours just visited in November and said it was absolutely breathtaking!

  6. Those picture are absolutely gorgeous! I would love to visit some day. If I do, I will have to take your post because you have all the info I need right there! Thanks!

  7. I would love to visit Taj Mahal. I don’t know when we will go, but hopefully in this lifetime and not the next :)) Your photos look great and the info is useful.

  8. Stunning! I would love to see the Taj Mahal in person one day. I’d want to hire a professional photographer for fabulous photos.

  9. What a beautiful destination! I could see myself viewing a sunset there for sure.

  10. you have such great pictures. you captured it all beautifully, the taj mahal is def something I want to see in person. i would love to go there next year. i cannot wait to go.

  11. I am glad that you visited the Taj Mahal & enjoyed it’s beauty, it’s truly an amazing experience.. it is a beautiful place. lovely pictures.

  12. Taj mahal is always a part of our history lesson and it is a dream of mine to visit there. Thank you for sharing your tips, so informative!

  13. For some reason the Taj Mahal has been on my mind the past few weeks and then I see this, OMG. I always forget the story behind the taj Mahal, thanks for sharing

  14. Thank you for sharing this information about the Taj Mahal. It’s funny about the admission prices. When we were travelling South East Asia, the majority of tourist attractions and transport had 2 prices, one for tourists and one for locals. In a way, I can see and understand why this happens, however here in Ireland, everyone no matter where your from pays the same price. One day I will visit the Taj Mahal, it really is special.

  15. Wow! Your pictures are beautiful!! The Taj Mahal is on my bucket list!
    Thank you for taking the time to write this helpful guide! Looking forward to using it in the future!

  16. Firstly, welcome to the blogging world. I loved what you have written about The Taj.. if has brought back so many pleasant memories… I went to Agra to celebrate my 1st anniversary and since then I have visited Taj many time and trust me it looks as mesmerising to me till today as it looked when I first saw it.

  17. That professional photo you got is incredible! I visited the Taj Mahal in 2015 and it absolutely took my breath away, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was in person.

  18. It’s such a beautiful building, and it was cool to see it from another angle. I love the professional photos you got done, they are very unique!

  19. I was introduced to Taj Mahal when I was in junior school. It was one of the wonder of the world. I would definitely want to visit this one day. Hey how about update the entrance fee to USD equivalent?

  20. Beautiful photo and truly helpful post! I’ve always wanted to visit the Taj Mahal… I really appreciated your tips for getting there st sunrise, I can imagine how beautiful it would be! Cheers!

  21. What an incredible monument! Visiting the Taj Mahal is on my bucket list. I’d love to experience the magic of this location in person.

  22. If India wasn’t high on my list anyway, it would make it there just for the Taj Mahal. You are totally right: it’s perfect! I’m looking so much forward seeing it – I know already now that I will cry!

  23. One of the places that I would love to visit in India, I love the history of Taj Mahal and its pretty sad but then admirable on how this place became very famous of its own. Hopefully I can come here very soon!

  24. I have always wanted to visit the Taj Mahal. A co-worker of mine recently visited it last year and he grew up in India. It is amazing how much travel time it takes from the Us to India. Thanks for sharing the details info on such a historic place.

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