Taj Mahal Agra

Tips For Visiting Taj Mahal

  1. Taj Mahal can be accessed through three gates. Tour groups enter through the east and west gates and independent travellers through the south gates. The east gate has the shortest queues. There are separate lines for men and women at all three gates.
  2. Cameras and videos are permitted. However, photography is prohibited inside the main mausoleum.
  3. Don't forget to retrieve your free bottle of water (500ml) and shoe covers which are included in the ticket price.
  4. You can store your luggage for free beside the ticket offices and also pick up an audio guide for INR 118.
  5. Visitors are allowed to use free Wi-Fi internet service inside the compound for half an hour, and then they will be charged at INR 30 per hour after the half hour is complete.

How To Reach Taj Mahal

Reaching Taj Mahal and getting around the city can be done in tongas, electric buses and tempos. There are also auto rickshaws and state buses. In order to minimise the effects of pollution on the monument, vehicles are not allowed in the vicinity of Taj and need to be parked in the parking lots that are at a short distance from the mausoleum. There are non-electric tourist buses for visitors from the parking lot. Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort are quite close to each other, and if it's not too sunny you can just walk between the two. Otherwise, there are a lot of autos and battery-powered rickshaws plying between the two major monuments that charge a minimum amount.

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Taj Mahal Night Tour

Viewing the Taj Mahal at night is available on five days on a month, including a full moon night and two nights before and after the full moon. All these aspects, the dates and the timings for the night viewing of the Taj are decided by the Archaeological Survey of India. Viewing the Taj Mahal at night takes place between 8:30 PM to 12:30 PM in 8 batches of about 50 people for about 30 minutes each. Hence, only 400 people are allowed on a single night.

While visiting the Taj Mahal at night, visitors are required to reach half an hour before their scheduled time at the Shilpagram complex. They aren't allowed inside the monument at night and can view the Taj Mahal only from a bit of a distance. All belongings and luggage have to be deposited at a security counter before the night viewing starts. Video cameras are not allowed inside the monument during the night viewing.


Best Time To Visit Taj Mahal

The best time to visit Taj Mahal is unarguably 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. You can also visit it for five nights around the full moon. The entry tickets for this time is limited though, and it must be bought a day in advance from the Archaeological Survey of India office.

Timings: Sunrise to Sunset (Closed on Friday)
Time Required : 2 hours
Entry Fee :
Indian Citizens : 250
Foreign Visitors: INR 1100
(Additional INR 200 for every tourist who wishes to enter the mausoleum)
Entry is free for all children below 15 years