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    Best time to Visit Agra: Jan,Feb,dec

    Category : History/heritage: History & Heritage,Culture & Festival

    Duration(days) : 2 Days

    Description

    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.

    Visiting Hours
    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

    Entry Fees :₹ 40 Time To Visit :Sunrise to Sunset (except on Friday's)

    Taj Mahal is 17th-century, Mughal-style, marble mausoleum with minarets. 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/-
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      Itimad-ud-Daula

      Entry Fees :₹ 10 Time To Visit :6 am- 5.30 pm

      Itimad-ud-Daula is another Mughal style white marble mausoleum across the Yamuna River, inlaid with semi-precious stones. It prefigures the Taj Mahal by a few years and is nicknamed the 'Baby Taj'. Entry Fee: Indians - Rs.10 (Adults); Free for children below the age of 15 Foreigners: Rs.110
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        Agra Fort

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        Agra Fort is semi-circular red sandstone fort complex with double ramparts and monuments. It has 20m-high red-brick walls.
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          Fatehpur Sikri

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          Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) attracts tourists for its red-sandstone royal apartments, harem quarters and pavilions dating back to the late 1500. Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire for about a decade and mosques, palaces and courtyards, each of which has a fine detailed architectural style; most of these built in red sandstone. Some of the major attractions are: * The giant Buland Darwaza or the ‘Gate of Magnificence’ is counted among the world’s tallest gateways. * Panch Mahal: A palace that was made for the entertainment of Akbar. * Elephant Monument * Jama Masjid: It is among the initial buildings that came up in the complex of Fatehpur Sikri and attracts you with its chhatri (cenotaph) and marble inlay. * Birbal House: Dedicated to Akbar’s favourite minister, Birbal.
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            Taj Mahal is in Agra, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, some 200 km from Delhi.

            By plane
            Agra's Kheria Airport has limited connectivity with fewer flights from Delhi and Mumbai. 

            People usually prefer to reach by train or by car.

            By train
            Agra has good train connectivity from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata

            By bus
            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.

            By road
            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

             

            Getting around
            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.