Taj Mahal (India)

Taj Mahal Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Dennis Jarvis

The magnificent Taj Mahal

After the wife of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan died during childbirth, he had the Taj Mahal ("Crown Palace") constructed in her loving memory. This white marble mausoleum, located in Agra (Uttar Pradesh) in India, was constructed between 1632 and 1648 and is by many seen as the single most impressive and beautiful building in the world, no matter modern or old. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, a global icon of India, and is widely seen as the finest example of Muslim Indian (Mughal) architecture.

Surrounding the Taj, which is flanked by two smaller red colored buildings, is a Mughal garden rich in horticulture and with reflecting pools. A classic picture of the building is to capture its reflection in those pools. Inside of the mausoleum it is surprisingly fresh and dark and at first glance there is not too much to be seen. But once you start paying close attention to the walls you will see the impressive details of fine marble carving.

Situated next to the Yamuna River and directly connected to the city, there are three gates (south, west and east) through which you can enter. The western gate is the most crowded one and on weekends you'd best arrive early to avoid having to stand in line for tickets. Better yet, plan to come here in the period of November until March to avoid the extreme heat - and be here on a working day. Don't let the crowds ruin this magical place for you. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Taj Mahal is a region in India. It is situated at an altitude of 541ft and the best airport to fly into is AGR (Kheria, Agra)
  • The currency used in India is the Indian rupee (INR)

Taj Mahal Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

72 77 90 102 108 106 95 93 93 93 86 75

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

0.5 0.7 0.4 0.2 0.4 2.2 8 9.6 5.1 1 0.2 0.2

More Taj Mahal travel resources

There is so much good information on the Taj Mahal available online that our brain hurts from browsing it. Always a good point to start is Wikitravel on Agra which is a fairly complete guide (not always the case). Following that, head over to Nat Geo, The Telegraph and About Travel. There are a number of websites dedicated specifically to the Taj Mahal, usually with a less than appealing layout and commercial intent. Nevertheless, you may want to head over to Tajmahal.gov.in, tajmahal.org.uk or tajmahal.travel. Travel Hack has the top tips for visiting the Taj and this blog had some of the most wonderful pics we have seen of the thing.

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