Taj Mahal

One of the world's largest mausoleums, the Taj Mahal was completed in 1643 under Shah Jahan, who commissioned it in memory of his most beloved wife who died in childbirth. So what are the top architectural features you should watch out for?

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Lonely Planet Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra (Travel Guide)

The Complete Taj Mahal: and the Riverfront Gardens of Agra

Insider tips

Dress code

Please remember that the Taj Mahal is an Islamic building. Although no specific dress code is enforced, it’s best to dress modestly out of respect – this means covering knees and shoulders.

Early arrival

If you want to avoid the lines, it’s best to arrive at the Taj Mahal at the crack of dawn. If you’re not a morning lark, don’t worry – this is one of the most beautiful times of day to view the monument and its gardens.


Lockers are available, but please note that your bag is likely to be searched – no food is allowed to be brought into the Taj Mahal.

Good to know

When should I visit?

Open from sunrise to sunset daily, closed on Fridays.

How to get there

Check trains departing from Agra for the easiest route.

Is it expensive?

Adult tickets start at just Rs710 (about $11) but go up once you add in tour packages and transportation.

Will I need a guide?

The Taj Mahal is one place where a guide will enhance your experience ten-fold. Look at a few different options in order to find the experience that works best for your group.

What people are saying about Taj Mahal

★★★★★ Very professional guiding and enjoyable tour

Be relaxed, its India, sometimes you feel lost in the overall chaos but at the end everything comes to a good ending and at the bottom line you will get a nice and enjoyable experience organized the Indian way and with good and knowledge English speaking tourist guide that will extend your overall experience. Mostly recommended.

★★★★★ A brilliant day helped by great driver and guide.

Could not have asked for a better day. Car was very clean & arrived on time. Driver was excellent & informative . We were on time at the Taj Mahal where our guide (Amam) was amazing. Everything was fully explained and his knowledge was exceptional. We could not have asked for two better gentlemen to make the day an unforgettable experience.

★★★★★ Perfect Tour, The best way to visit Taj Mahal.

This was our first visit to Taj Mahal, me and partner both extremely excited about this. Pick-up happened right on time. Driver dropped us at the station and also helped in finding our coach and seats. We were very comfortable in the train both ways. Meals served in the train was good. When we arrive in Agra our tour guide Islam was waiting for us at the with a smiling face. He was a very nice gentleman with a great knowledge and 25 years of experience, and yes he is also a very great photographer. He made our day very amazing. Lunch at 5 Star hotel was really unexpected and we loved it so much. Later in evening we dropped back to the station. Again same driver came to receive us the at the station in Delhi and dropped us back at our hotel. Always ask for Islam, amazing tour guide. Never miss this tour if you want to visit Taj Mahal.

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