Taj Mahal, the symbol of love, is a a mausoleum built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal (who died in 1631).
This iconic monument is located on the south bank of the Yamuna river of Agra, a city in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state.
The main building of Taj Mahal features a massive dome and intricately carved white marble inlaid with precious stones. This is set behind a reflecting pool inside a courtyard.
Taj Mahal is one amongst the World’s Wonders and one of the best World Heritage Sites.
Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays to anyone not attending prayers at the mosque.
Its visiting timings on other days is between sunrise to sunset.
Entry Fee For Taj Mahal is appicable only for vistors above 15 years of age.
1. Foreign tourist Rs. 1000/-
2. Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries Rs. 530/-
3. Indian nationals Rs. 40/-
History of Taj Mahal
The Taj was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631.
The main building of Taj is thought to have been built in eight years, the whole complex was not completed until 1653.
In total, around 20,000 people from India and Central Asia worked on this building.
Emperor Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb soon after Taj Mahal was constructed.
Shah Jahan was imprisoned in Agra Fort where, for the rest of his days, he could only gaze out at his creation through a window.
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Taj Mahal is in Agra, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, some 200 km from Delhi.
Agra's Kheria Airport has limited connectivity with fewer flights from Delhi and Mumbai.
People usually prefer to reach by train or by car.
Agra has good train connectivity from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata
A number of buses connect Agra with Delhi. It takes around 4-5 hours to reach Agra from Delhi by bus.
Agra has good connectivity from other neighbouring cities.
From Delhi (200 km) 4-5 hours drive NH2
From Jaipur (255 Km) 4-6 hours drive on NH11
From Gwalior (120 km) takes around 1.5 hours on NH3
Cars are not allowed near the Taj Mahal complex, but the rest of Agra is easily traversed by car.
Tongas, electric buses and electric tempos are the best way to get to the Taj where no cars are allowed.