One of the Seven Wonders of the World, this famous monument at Agra attracts tourist from all parts of the world. Famous Mughal emperor Shajahan constructed this beautiful Taj Mahal in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Ustad Isa Afandi of Turkey was the main designer of this.
The main building material, the white marble of top quality, was brought from Makarana of Rajasthan state. The other materials, such as Red Stone, were bought from Dholpur and Fatehpur Sikri, yellow marble was bought from Narbads and black marble from Charkoh. It took 22 years to complete the construction. Shah Jahan had a plan to construct another Black – marble for this grave opposite to Taj at other side of river Yamuna. He was not able complete as his son Aurangzab kept him in captivity.
Taj Mahal is surrounded by a huge wall of red sand-stone with some arcaded cloisters.
Taj Mahal has two identical gates to enter and each side is close to one of the vehicle parking area. From the parking area tourists have to use battery operated vehicles or horse carriages to reach near the gate. Please note down your name of the parking area and gate and return through same gate to your parking area. As both the gates are similar in design so it is confusing.
Entry fee is Rs 20 per person and camera is free. Video cameras are not allowed beyond the second entrance point. Here lockers are available to deposit the video cameras. Inside the main hall of Taj Mahal photography is not allowed. Shoes are to be removed before going up to the main building. Plastic covers are available to wrap your foot while going up. In hot summer days the floor remains very hot so use the plastic covers to protect your feet.
Take photos with reflection of Taj Mahal in the water.
Night Viewing of Taj Mahal in Full moon day
Night viewing of Taj Mahal is allowed two days before and two days after full moon day of the month. Night Viewing is not allowed in Friday. Timing is from 8.30 PM to 12.30 AM. In a batch wise with 50 persons in a batch and maximum 8 batches are allowed per day. Cost of tickets for Indians it is Rs 510 / - and it is Rs 750 /- for foreigners. Tickets are available at office of Archacological survey of Indian.