Taj Mahal Tour Packages

Most of the north India tour packages include Taj Mahal tour. All Golden Triangle tours invariably include Taj Mahal in Agra, along with many other historical monuments of the city. Many day tours devoted solely or primarily to Taj Mahal and Agra are very popular.

Taj Mahal is a sumptuous building, unique and unique. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, supremely gifted, added his own architectural talent to what he observed and borrowed from other sources to create the most beautiful of tombs and gardens. Taj Mahal is a monument that recalls the love of a beautiful queen and a great Mughal emperor. Before his death, Mumtaz Mahal promised Shah Jahan that he would build for her a tomb that would proclaim loudly and before the whole world about their supreme love. It took twenty-two years to build this jewel, a wonder that the whole world has discovered since three centuries. There has been so much writing on the Taj Mahal that there is no more to add, otherwise one falls into repetition. In summary the Taj is something unspeakable.

Far from being an ordinary monument, it is love itself, immortalized in marble. The construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. It took 21 years to complete its construction with the help of the best talents, and about 20,000 workers who worked under the watchful eyes of Shah Jahan himself. The money flowed from the royal treasury. The plan was conceived around the Islamic concept of Paradise where a gigantic white dome, shining like a pearl, rises, supported at the four corners by pillars from which the rivers of grace flow. The massive square on which stands the Taj Mahal represents the material universe, the main edifice, octagonal, the transitional phase, while the dome itself symbolizes the celestial vault, the dome uniting Heaven and Earth.

The Taj is characterized everywhere by the symmetry of its planes and the balance of its forms, whether it be the shape of the four minarets, the cupolas, the arc within a rectangle, the flat -form marble or walks in red sandstone leading to the mausoleum. Even the mosque and the guest pavilion, one on the right and the other on the left of the Taj are identical. Outside the Taj Mahal, the bas-reliefs sculpted in the marble, are of perfect elegance. The inlays of precious stones are without parallel. Their beauty, their delicacy, the graceful flowing lines seem to contradict the fact that all this was laboriously cut with a cold chisel. This stone masonry is everywhere, on the tombs in the crypt, on the cenotaph, on the main building. Thirty five different varieties of precious stones were used, carnelian and gold-spotted lapis lazuli being particularly preferred for their color and luminosity. Sometimes, fifty small pieces of precious stones cut, chiseled to the required shapes and fixed in place form a single flower.

The Taj has a lovely four-branch canal leading to the building, dividing the garden into four and accentuating the complex complexity. Lined with rows of cypresses of a suitably dark appearance, the river serves as a mirror to reflect the perfection of the Taj.

Taj Mahal is beautiful, always but people adore the monument invariably suggest to view Taj Mahal either at the time of sunrise or sunset or full-moon night. Customized Taj Mahal tours are available to to cater to every unique requirements or longings the traveler. Taj Mahal tours offer opportunity to view some other famous historical monuments of Agra like Agra Fort, Sikandara, Fatehpur Sikri, Tomb of It-Mad-ud - Daula etc.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Taj Mahal Tour Packages

Taj Mahal tour packages can be tailor-made to the special requirements of a traveler. Keeping in view budget, duration, mode of transportation, timings, category of hotels, number of travelers etc, Taj Mahal tour itinerary can be perfectly customized.

It is advised to plan and book Taj Mahal tour well in advance.

A tourist can select any of these following tours - Same Day Taj Mahal Tour by Car & Same Day Agra Tour by Train.

Yes, there is a popular Taj Mahal tour which ensures the visit of Taj Mahal at the time of sunrise – Taj Mahal Sunrise Tour from Delhi by Car (one day).

Taj Mahal is the most visited monument in Agra. The area nearby Taj Mahal is replete with all kinds of accommodations. Oberoi Amar Vilas, a luxury hotel, is the nearest hotel to Taj Mahal. ITC Mughal and Taj View are famous five star hotels located nearby Taj Mahal. Mansingh Palace & Clarks Shiraz are prestigious four star hotels close to the Taj Mahal. Scores of three star and budget hotels can be spotted nearby.

You cannot straight away drive up to the entry gate of Taj Mahal. Rather, you can drive up to the parking place, also called ‘Shilp Gram’ due to constellation of handicrafts sellers nearby. From parking, board on eco-friendly means of transportation like battery operated bus or auto rickshaw, horse cart, rickshaw etc to be taken to Taj Mahal entry gate. It’s merely 2-3 minutes ride from parking to entry gate of the mausoleum.

Taj Mahal is a mausoleum (tomb), not a mosque.

Mughal ruler Shah Jahan built Taj Mahal in fond memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal. Its construction started in 1631 AD and completed in 1648 AD.

Taj Mahal, a mausoleum & built of white marble of Makrana, is an Islamic monument. A UNESCO Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal is a symbol of the most evolved Mughal architecture. The most visited monument of India, Taj Mahal is built in perfect symmetry with Persian influence in the form of Char Bagh style gardens.

Entry ticket of Taj Mahal can be bought online by clicking website of Archaeological Survey of India.

A tourist can bring in mobile phone into Taj Mahal to capture photos but shooting videos by utilizing tripod is not allowed.

Opening & closing timings of Taj Mahal varies as per seasonal and weather conditions. Every day, except Friday, Taj Mahal opens for visitors half an hour before sunrise and closes forty five minutes prior to sunset. Tentatively, Taj Mahal opens from 6 AM to 7 PM in normal weather conditions.

There are three entry gates in Taj Mahal – Eastern, Western & Southern. The Eastern Gate or Sirhi Gate faces Fatehabad town and should be preferred to avoid crowd. The Western Gate faces Agra city & cantonment. The Southern Gate, facing Taj Ganj, is temporarily closed for entry of visitors.

Tourists need not to remove their shoes while entering the complex but, at the time of entering the actual graves, you will have to remove shoes. You can enter the central building either barefoot or putting on booties. The foreigners visiting Taj Mahal get booties as complimentary.

There are cloak rooms, equipped with storage blocks and steel lockers, at Eastern & Western gates of Taj Mahal.

It is recommended to buy entrance ticket of Taj Mahal online well in advance to avoid long queue. The tourists visiting Taj Mahal either at dawn (sunrise) time or during full moon night need to book the tickets at least 24 hours before the visit.

There are some important tips to be taken into consideration before visiting Taj Mahal. There are three entry gates of Taj Mahal – Eastern, Western & Southern. Southern gate should be opted to avoid crowd. Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays. Interestingly, entrance ticket price varies for different people. For Indians, SAARC and foreign tourists, the ticket prices are different. In order to boost tourists’ inflow, once in a year, entry into Taj Mahal is free during World Heritage Week. Taj Mahal looks most beautiful at the time of dawn and dusk.

During months of December & January, fog and haze overshadow the beauty of Taj Mahal. The best time to visit Taj Mahal is during early summer (February, March & April) and early winter (September, October & November).

A tourist is allowed merely to carry mobile phone, camera and water-bottle into the Taj Mahal. If you are carrying anything else, put it into a locker. Locker rooms are available at each entry gate.

Though there is no officially prescribed dress-code to enter and visit Taj Mahal but female travelers are suggested to dress modestly.

Eatables of any kind, except medicines for 2 years old baby, are not allowed inside Taj Mahal. All types of tobacco products, liquor, arms, ammunitions & knives are prohibited to be brought inside Taj Mahal. Also, tripod, mobile chargers, headphones etc are not permitted to take inside Taj Mahal.

Normally it takes 2 -3 hours to explore the Taj Mahal.

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