Taj Mahal Agra – Tour in India, Things to do.

Taj Mahal is a idol of love.

The Taj Mahal was declared a winner of the seven Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative and created by in red sandstone, in northern India a very common stone, build is also in sandstone but covered with marble, white color stone. actually the builders played on the contradict between white (ivory-white) and red and on white, they encrusted by black marble for the inscriptions, it was making a very successful setting. Shah Jahan was reigned from 1628 to 1658 Mughal emperor to house the tomb of his beloved wife Mumtaz. The mausoleum Construction took time 22 years, from 1631 to 1653 even essentially completed in 1643, but work continued on other parts of the project for another took after 10 years. Shah Jahan is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 complex The Taj Mahal and estimated cost at the time to be around 32 million rupees (2015 approximately 52.8 billion rupees and the U.S. $827 million). The construction project able to work about 20,000 masterpieces and helped by 1000 elephants that were used to transport heavy loads under the leading of a board of architects led by the court architect to the emperor name Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. The mausoleum is covered area total area approximately 42-acre (17-hectare), which comprise a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens encompass on three sides by a notched wall. That tomb was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being as well as remarked “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired chef D”oeuvre of the world’s heritage”. It is regarded as a symbol of India’s rich history and by many as the best example of Mughal architecture.

There is the most popular three entry gate :

  • West Gate is the main gate of the Taj Mahal the majority of native Indian visitors enter through this gate, Generally, it has the longest lines throughout the day, however, it’s the preferred option at sunrise to avoid the crowds at the East gate.
  • East gate is very popularly used by foreign tourists closest to a number of well-known hotels. usually, It has a smaller rank except for at sunrise when large groups tend to arrive there and buy a ticket in advance the day before, it’s still the best entry point though. Do note that the ticket office (in Shilpgram) is inconveniently situated takes a maximum of 10 minutes to walk from the gate. In this gate, a popular opportunity for vehicles as Buses, golf carts, cycle, and rickshaws are available for can’t, walk.
  • South Gate is the minimum-used gate and closes to a pile market area where many of the inexpensive hotels are situated, making it favored by budget and fetterless travelers. Yet, it doesn’t open until 8 a.m and a huge sandstone gateway provides access to the inner compound there. Taj Mahal area has restricted any vehicles that aren’t permitted within 500 meters because of pollution.

History built of Taj Mahal:

Mumtaz a Muslim Persian princess before marriage her name was Arjumand Banu. son of the Mughal Emperor Jehangir and grandson of Akbar the Great When she was the age of 14 met Shah Jahan fell in with her love. They got married Five years later in the year 1612, died in 1631 while giving birth to their 14th child and forever lost Mumtaz an unseverable companion of Shah Jahan.
An epitome of love we today know as the “Taj Mahal” was in the memory of his beloved wife that Shah Jahan built a magnificent monument as a tribute to her. The construction started in 1631 and to build took approximately 22 years as well as built use of the services of 22,000 laborers other Masons, stonecutters, inlayers, painters, carvers, calligraphers, dome-builders and other artisans were requisitioned from the whole of the empire and also from Central Asia and Iran and 1,000 elephants used to transport heavy loads, total After an expenditure of approximately 32 million rupees and Taj Mahal was finally completed in the year 1653.

Location of Taj Mahal:

The Taj Mahal is situated on the banks of river Yamuna and a few kilometers (about 3.3 km )to the east of Agra, a city distance 175km from the capital of New Delhi, state of Uttar Pradesh, India, the continent of Asia.

Distances of local area:

  • Kanpur, in the East, distance about 300Kms, take time between 4h and 4h30 highway.
  • Calcutta distances from Taj Mahal about 1265Km takes roughly 20h to arrive Bombay distances from Taj Mahal distance about 1350Kms take time 22 hours
  • Pondichery to Taj Mahal distance about 2120Kms take time 2 hours
  • Agra Fort Railway station to Taj Mahal of walking distance take at 10-15 minutes
  • Agra airport to the city center which is around 6 km

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Best Time to visit Taj Mahal:

Only wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal nothing as a bad time to visit one of the most scintillating and marvelous Whatever be the time of the year. It will not stop with its mission to spread its charm and glory and will continue to be as luminescent as ever as a visit in the months of summers requires a high temperature to bear the heat, the winter period the comparatively cooler months October to March is generally considered the best time to visiting the monument. The surprising topic that Taj Mahal is simply dazzling, and changes with every passing hour, reflecting a different aura in different seasons. Also, change full day time the visual beauty its peak during sunrise, sunset, and under the full moon night. So do not miss special time Taj Mahal at Sunrise, Sunset, under Full Moon Night.

Opening Hours:

The Taj Mahal opens a six-day in a week (Saturday to Thursday) exceptional Friday when it’s closed for prayer. Open morning 6 a.m. to evening 7 p.m. Especially is also open for night viewing every full moon from 8.30 p.m. to 12.30 a.m. midnight ( two days before and two days after the full moon) a total of five days. Every year night viewing is stopped during the holy month of Ramadan.

Entry Fee of Taj Mahal :

Entry fee of Taj Mahal For local /Indian people Rs. 50.0 (per person). Foreigners pay more than 1250 rupees so per foreigner pay 1300 rupees. Discount some citizens if they are SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries. So they payment 750 Rupees. There is no entry fee for children below the age of 15 years (both Domestic and Foreigner) take note tickets for the Taj Mahal are no longer able to be purchased at Agra Fort or other monuments, and only offer a minimal discount if you wish to visit other monuments on the same day. Taj Mahal is the most popular opportunity is Night Viewing. Indians/local tourist entry fee 510 rupees for night viewing, tickets cost 750 rupees for foreigners and Children aged three to 15 years must pay 500 rupees. These tickets collect must be purchased between 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., collect one day in advance from the Archaeological Survey of India office on Mall Road. Give more details here, comprise night viewing dates and exclusive ticket counters for foreigners at both the East and West gates. Do note the price of entry tickets for the Taj Mahal increased in August 2018 and a discount is provided on cashless payments.
Especially The foreigner’s ticket involves shoe covers, a bottle of water, a tourist map of Agra, and bus or golf cart service to the entry gate. It also enables ticket bearer to enter the Taj Mahal ahead of any Indian ticket bearer already waiting in line.

How to Go to Taj Mahal:

Train :

The train is the most popular way of getting from Delhi to Agra. If you Taj Mahal visit one day It’s possible to catch the right trains. There are many trains to reach Agra at various times. According to your choice best time to find out about the best train from Delhi to Agra, and Agra to Delhi.
New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS) is the main railway station in Delhi and the main railway station in Agra is Agra Cantonment (AGC). Rail distance new Delhi railway to Agra railway station about 195 km. take the time 1 hour 25 minutes. Often trains are delayed during the winter season (December to March) due to fog.
International Tourist Bureau at New Delhi Railway Station Foreign Tickets under the Tourist Quota can be booked in person. It’s located upstairs in the main building (Paharganj side) is open 24 hours.

Some special morning train and their schedule:

  • 12050 Gatimaan Express. This train and takes one hour and 40 minutes to reach Agra and departs Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station at 8.10 a.m. and arrives in Agra at 9.50 a.m. 1AC executive class/high class (first class, seated, air-conditioned) fare is 1,495 rupees and CC (chair car, seated, air-conditioned) costs 750-993 rupees. The train runs daily without Friday when the Taj Mahal is closed.
  • 12002 New Delhi Habibganj Shatabdi Express departs New Delhi Railway Station at 6 a.m. and arrives at Agra at 7.57 a.m. The fare in 1AC executive class as first-class, seated, air-conditioned is 1,010 rupees. C C as chair car, seated, air-conditioned costs 505-673 rupees. The train runs every day.
  • 12280 Taj Express Superfast departs at 6.45 a.m. and arrives in Agra at 9.32 a.m. from New Delhi Railway Station to Agra. It stops at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station but the trip takes nearly three hours. The fare in CC is 375 rupees and second class, seated, non-air-conditioned is 105 rupees. The train has four stops and runs every day alternatively, try
  • 22416 Andhra Pradesh AC Super Fast Express departs from New Delhi Railway Station at 6.25 a.m. and arrives at Agra at 9 a.m. and fully air-conditioned, runs daily and doesn’t have any stops. AC First Class fare is 1,180 rupees, 2AC is 725 rupees, and 3ACin 540 rupees if you’d prefer sleeper accommodations.

Some Late Afternoon Agra to Delhi Trains:

  • 12049 Gatimaan Express departs from Agra at 5.50 p.m. and arrives at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station in Delhi at 7.30 p.m. daily except Friday.
  • 12279 Taj Express Superfast returns to Delhi from Agra at 6.40 p.m and arrives at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station at 9.51 p.m. and New Delhi Railway station at 10.25 p.m.  It runs daily.
  • 12001 Habibganj New Delhi Shatabdi Express departs Agra at 9.16 p.m. and arrives at New Delhi Railway Station at 11.30 p.m.It runs daily
    These all trains Agra to Delhi have chairs, not sleepers.

Best things to do

Agra is excellent to visit as tourists as they have a lot of sceneries and historical places and the pride of India consists of a lot of historical places and monuments. Some of the attractive places are listed below:

  • Taj Mahal
  • Agra Fort
  • Tomb of Akbar the Great
  • Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah
  • Panch Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri
  • Mehtab Bagh
  • Chini Ka Rauza
  • Ram Bagh
  • Mankameshwar Temple
  • Guru ka Tal
  • Musamman Burj
  • Jama Masjid, Agra
  • Jama Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri

Where to stay in Taj Mahal:

Some 5star hotels near Taj Mahal:

The Oberoi Amarvilas Agra
Most popular facilities
swimming pool
Free WiFi
Family rooms
Free parking
Restaurant
Bar
Distance: Just 600 m from the Taj Mahal,
Nearby: Amarvilas Oberoi hotel to Agra is a 15-minute drive from the City Centre and a 20-minute drive from Agra Cantonment Station. Kheria Airport is 13 km away.

Trident Agra
Most popular facilities
swimming pool
Free WiFi
Family rooms
Free parking
Airport shuttle
Bar
Distance: situated 1.5 km from the Taj Mahal
Nearby: Trident Agra hotel is 7 km from Agra Fort and a 20-minute drive from Agra Cantonment Station. Indira Gandhi International Airport is 205 km away.

Courtyard by Marriott Agra
Most popular facilities
2 swimming pools
Free WiFi
Family rooms
Free parking
Airport shuttle
Bar
Distance: Hotel to Taj Mahal 3.8 km
Nearby: The hotel is 6.3 km from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Agra Fort, 10.5 km from the Mehtab Bagh and Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah. The Agra Cantonment Railway Station is 8.4 km and the Agra Airport is 1.9 km away

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Courtyard by Marriott Agra
Most popular facilities
2 swimming pools
Free WiFi
Family rooms
Free parking
Airport shuttle
Bar
Distance: Hotel to Taj Mahal 3.8 km
Nearby: The hotel is 6.3 km from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Agra Fort, 10.5 km from the Mehtab Bagh and Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah. The Agra Cantonment Railway Station is 8.4 km and the Agra Airport is 1.9 km away

ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
Most popular facilities
2 swimming pools
Family rooms
Free parking
WiFi
Airport shuttle
Bar
Distance: situated just 3 km away from the historical Mahal
Nearby: Agra Fort, the hotel is also 6 km from Agra Railway Station and Indira Gandhi International Airport is 250 km away with Airport shuttle services available at a surcharge.

Taj Hotel & Convention Centre Agra
Most popular facilities
Free WiFi
Family rooms
Free parking
Airport shuttle
Restaurant
Spa and wellness center
Bar
Nearby: Hotel to Centre Agra is a 35-minute drive from Keria Airport and a 15-minute drive from the railway station. Attractions such as Itmad-ud-Daula, Sadar Bazaar, Agra Fort, within5 km of the hotel. Delhi International Airport is 220 km.

The Grand Imperial – Heritage Hotel
Most popular facilities
1 swimming pool
Free WiFi
Family rooms
Free parking
Airport shuttle
Bar

Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra
Most popular facilities
1 swimming pool
Free WiFi
Free parking
Airport shuttle
Restaurant
Spa and wellness center
Bar
Distance: located in the Taj Ganj district in Agra 1.9 km from The Taj Mahal.
Nearby: Agra Fort is 2.5 km, Jama Masjid is 2.8 km, Agra Airport is 10 km, Agra Railway Station is 7 km from Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra.

Ramada Plaza Agra
Most popular facilities
1 swimming pool
Free WiFi
Free parking
Airport shuttle
Restaurant
Bar
Nearby: Taj Mahal is 6 km, Mehtab Bagh is 7 km, Agra Airport is 13 km away Ramada Plaza Agra. Facilities billiards at the hotel

Radisson Hotel Agra
Most popular facilities
2 swimming pools
Free WiFi
Free parking
Airport shuttle
Restaurant
Bar
Distance: The Taj Mahal is only 2 km away.
Nearby: Agra Fort is 4.5 km, Fatehpur Sikri 44 km far, The Agra Cantonment Railway Station is 7 km, ISBT Bus Station is 9 km and the Indira Gandhi International Airport is 265 km from the hotel.

Radisson Hotel Agra
Most popular facilities
2 swimming pools
Free WiFi
Free parking
Airport shuttle
Restaurant
Bar
Distance: only 2 km away.
Nearby: Agra Fort is 4.5 km, Fatehpur Sikri 44 km, The Agra Cantonment Railway Station is 7 km, ISBT Bus Station is 9 km, the Indira Gandhi International Airport is 265 km from the hotel.

DoubleTree by Hilton Agra
Most popular facilities
1 swimming pool
Free WiFi
Free parking
Restaurant
Spa and wellness center
Bar
Nearby: the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Taj Mahal is 4.5 km walk distance Agra Fort, The Ram Bagh Bus Station, the Agra Cantonment Railway Station is 16 km. Delhi International Airport is 219 km from the hotel.

Foods in Taj Mahal:

Street Food/Local Food:
Every spectacular place has some street food shops. Where get delicious food local food and remove instantaneous hungriness. Get some street food near attractive place Taj Mahal. For example Petha, Paratha, Mughlai, Bhalla, Dalmoth, Tandoori Chicken, Jalebi, Shawarma, Paneer Tikka, Bedai. Taj mahal tour is uncompleted if you do not eat delicious street food.
Deserts:
Desert is the most important part of eating. Uncompleted if you do not take dessert after eating. Tortar Royale is the most delicious Italian dessert prepared with white chocolate and mascarpone cake. Marvelous novel dessert is a Coriander Passion Curd Tart prepared by coriander gel, sprinkled coconut dust, meringue crisps, and basil cream and decoration of fruits and curd topped with coriander. The bombshell of chocolate is like a ball of chocolate with velvet cake or vanilla dessert or the chocolate filling inside

Best Restaurants in near Taj Mahal:

YES Restaurant
Location: 2/78, Western Gate – Taj Mahal, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India.
Joney’s Place
Location: Miyan Nazir Rd, Near Taj Mahal, Kinari Bazar, South Gate, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
FOYER RESTAURANT & CAFÉ
Location: Taj East Gate Road, Opposite-PushpVilla Hotel, Near Kalakriti Empourium, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India.
Bob Marley Cafe & Restaurant
Location: P6 Shilpgram Road Opposite New Weston Taj Nagri, Phase One Colony, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282004, India.
Hotel Saniya palace B&B (restaurant)
Location: 34/277 Chowk Kajziyan South gate of Taj Mahal, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India.
Dos Tea Hotel
Location: , Dharmapuri,Taj East Gate Rd, Paktola, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh road no 282001, India.
25 Hours Hangout Café
Location: Taj East Gate Rd, infront of Hotel Oberoi Amarvilas, Tajganj, Agra., Dharmapuri, Paktola, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India.
Green Park Restaurant
Location: 194, Fatehabad Rd, 15th Battalion PAC Quarters, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India.

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