India, country full of legends and stories of gods. Full of stories of Kings and Maharajas. Some beautiful and romantic and others invented just to draw money to tourists (unfortunately). However the history about Taj Mahal, one of the 7 wonders of the world, is deep but beautiful.
In this article we will explain everything you need to know and tell you about our experience.
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1. HISTORY AND MYTHS
Ever since its construction, the Taj Mahal has been the source of tremendous cultural and geographical admiration.
The legend says, that it was built by Maharaja Xa Jahan after his second wife died when giving birth to his 14th child.
The emperor, who had unlimited resources, ordered that this palace be built to guard the tomb of his beloved. The best materials have been used for its construction, which is mostly of white marble and precious stones.
Another legend says that the Maharaja had blinded and cut the hands of the architects of the Palace, so that they didn’t build anything of equal beauty.
No evidence exists for claims that describe, often in horrific detail, the deaths, dismemberment and mutilations inflicted on various architects and craftsmen associated with the tomb.
Some stories claim that those involved in construction signed contracts committing themselves to have no part in any similar design.
Taj Mahal hides many stories and legends that is not sure what happened.
Your imagination is in charge!
2. SCHEDULE AND PRICES
Open from Saturday to Thursday from 06:00 am to 06:30 pm. On Friday the Taj Mahal is closed and only accessible in the afternoon for Muslims to attend the prayers.
Taj Mahal opens 30 Minutes before sunrise and closes 30 Minutes before sunset during normal operating days
Is open also at night time from 08:30 pm to 12:30 am.
TIP: We recommend that you arrive before 05:30 am and with the ticket already purchased. So you’ll be the first to enter. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to see the Taj Mahal, but also the most popular among tourists.
Foreign Tourist – 1100 INR (approx. €13,90) per person.
Additional for visiting main mausoleum (Tomb) – 200 INR (approx. €2,50) per person
TOTAL COST = 1300 INR (approx. €16,40) per person
We recommend you to visit the main mausoleum, the architecture inside is beautiful and you can see the tomb of the Maharaja and his wife!
WHERE YOU CAN BUY THE TICKETS:
- Online: official website here.
- Entry Gate Ticket Counter:
- Taj Mahal Western Gate : Tickets are available on Western Gate near Saheli Burj. (Timing – 1 Hour before Sunrise up to 45 Minutes before Sunset).
- Taj Mahal Eastern Gate : Tickets are available at Eastern Gate of Taj Mahal. (Timing- 1 Hour before Sunrise up to 45 Minutes before Sunset).
- Taj Mahal Southern Gate : No Entry from this gate at Present only Exit is allowed.
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3. SECRET SUNSET POINT
You probably have seen a lot of pictures on the internet and social media already showing a strategic point with the Taj Mahal and an amazing sunset. The truth when you arrive in Agra, you will see in the accommodation where you are, selling tours to this place. However, it’s no secret anymore.
From the Taj Mahal you can see a small temple on the other side of the river. The name of that place is Mehtab Bagh.
You have 2 options to go to that place:
1. Boat – you need to pick up the boat on the right side of the Taj Mahal, 20 minutes to cross the river and then walk around 5 minutes until the gardens. The price per person is 100 INR (approx. €1,20)
2. Car/Tuk-Tuk – around 20 minutes from Agra’s center. The price is around 400 INR (approx. €5,00).
The entry fee for the gardens Mehtab Bagh is 100 INR (approx. €1,20) per person.
The other sunset viewpoint is on the side of the Taj Mahal. Once you arrived to the Eastern Gate, turn right. Then go straight until you find an intersection. On the intersection follow the right road.
TIP: Probably you will find locals saying that place is very dangerous and that there is no temple to see the sunset. Do not care what they are saying and follow the path. They say that because you’re not going with the tour guide.
You will see a small land with a farm and a large iron gate. That is the entry. As it is privately owned, landowners will ask for some money between 70 INR (approx. €0.90) or 100 INR (approx. €1.20). Believe us is worth it!
4. ABOUT AGRA
Agra is a small city. Actually the only interesting point is the Taj Mahal. Neverthelss, since you are visiting this city we recommend you the follow places to visit:
- AGRA FORT: It is located just 2.5 km away from Taj Mahal. Also called as the Red Fort, fort was built as a military base by Akbar and was converted into royal residence by Jehangir, his descendant. This fort was designated with the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983.
The fort is open from Saturday to Thursday, from 6 am to 6 pm. The price for the foreigner tourist is 550 INR (approx. €6.95) per person.
- BABY TAJ MAHAL: The structure is said to have been used as a design complex for the Taj Mahal. The price is 310 INR (approx. €3.90) per person.
- AKBAR’S TOMB IN SIKANDRA: Take a tuk-tuk and in 25 minutes you are in Sikandra. The architecture of this building is really impressive. The price per person is 310 INR (approx. €3.90).
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Safe and Happy Travels Everyone ✈
SARA & JORGE