Timings : Opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset
Closed on Friday
Every Friday Taj Mahal is only accessible to practising Muslims to attend the prayers in the afternoon
Time Required : 2 hours
Entry Fee : Indian Citizens and Visitors from SAARC countries: INR 50
Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries: INR 540
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
Built By : Shah Jahan
Built in : Between 1631 and 1648
Entry Gates : 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
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One of the most beautiful monuments in the world, Taj Mahal is located on the banks of River Yamuna in Agra. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. Constructed entirely out of white marble in the 17th century, Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world. Every year visitors numbering more than the entire population of Agra pass through the magnificent gates to catch a glimpse of this breathtaking monument.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Taj Mahal stands for the Crown of Palaces in the Persian language. Covering an area of approximately 42 Acres, the construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631 and took 17 years before it was completed in 1648! It was constructed using white marble obtained from Makrana in Rajasthan.
Rabindranath Tagore described it as "a teardrop in the cheek of eternity" while Rudyard Kipling said it is "the embodiment of all things pure". The tomb is laid out in a rectangular shape and can be approached through a massive gateway which has an arch and alcoves on either side of it. There are water channels and fountains in the entrance which makes the monument even more spectacular. The reflection of this majestic spectacle in the Yamuna is almost poetic in its perfection!
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