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Opening hours

From Saturday through to Thursday, it opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. The Taj Mahal is closed every Friday, opening only for those that go to pray during the afternoon.

Full moon, two  nights prior to and two nights after the Taj Mahal opens for five nights during the full moon from 8.30pm until 12.30am,  excluding Fridays.

How to get there

Air- the city of Agra has its own airport, 7km from the city centre. There are daily flights from several cities in India.

Train- a good rail network connects Agra with various cities in India.

Bus- there are regular bus services from Delhi, Jaipur and several other cities locasted in this region of India.

Local transportation- local transport to take you to the Taj Mahal includes taxi, rickshaw (both auto and cycle) and bicycle. Diesel and petrol vehicles are not permitted close to the Taj Mahal but there are several battery operated buses and other pollution free vehicles available to take you there.

FAQ

Do children have to have their arms and legs covered when visiting the Taj Mahal?
There are no restrictions in place here where visitors attend. There is a mosque but it is not open to non-Muslims. When visiting religious sites in India males should not wear shorts and females should have their heads, arms and legs covered. You will need to wear covers over your shoes these are supplied with your ticket.
Is there a ticket office beside each gate or is the ticket office at a separate location?
There is a ticket office at each gate. The East gate is by far the easiest to use and not too crowded particularly if visiting on a weekday. The entry ticket for foreigners costs 1300R’s, with this you also get entry into the mausoleum but you should retain your ticket as you need to show your ticket for this.
When visiting the Taj Mahal for sunrise, is it chilly first thing in the morning?
It is not chilly first thing in the morning. You will not need a jacket as it is too hot for that.
Are selfie- sticks allowed, and if I carry just a bum-bag will it have to go through the security check?
Selfie-sticke are permitted but not tripods of any type. All bags are searched going into the Taj Mahal, they are very strict on security. If you want to avoid taking a bag, carry your phone, camera and everything else in your pockets and hands.
Is it worth buying tickets for the Taj Mahal online?
You can but it is not really worth it. The queues are fairly short at each entrance about 5 minutes for the tickets and then another 10 minutes to get through the security check at the gate. One recommendation is to use an official tour guide. They are full of useful information and can help you in many ways including tips on where to get the best photographs. It is worth paying a few rupees for this service.
What is it like for people with poor or limited mobility?
Access to the Taj Mahal for people with disabilities is easier through the South Gate, although this entrance does get busier than the others. There have been some improvements for wheelchair users through this gate but entry into the mausoleum is still not possible for wheelchair users.

Must Know

Ticket prices
The price of tickets for foreign visitors is 1100 R’s. If you wish to include the main mausoleum in your visit you will have to pay an additional 200 R’s. Children below the age of 15 have free entry. Night tickets for the five nights over the new moon cost 750 R’s for foreign adults and 500 R’s for children aged 3-15. Children aged younger than 3 have free entry.
Where and when to get tickets
Tickets for the Taj Mahal are available all day between sunrise and sunset at the eastern and western gates. At the southern gate tickets are only sold from 8am until 5pm. From sunrise until sunset visitors can spend as long as they want to inside the complex.
Night viewing of the Taj Mahal
Night viewing of the Taj Mahal is allowed on five nights each month from 8.30pm until 12.30am on the night of the full moon, two nights before and two nights after, with the exception of Fridays. Night viewing is limited to 400 people each night in batches of 50 people for 30 minutes each. Tickets must be booked one day in advance at the booking counter of the Archaeological Survey of India in Agra between 10am and 6pm.
The best time to visit the Taj Mahal
The best time of year to visit is from October until March during the cooler months of the year. The remainder of the year is oppressively hot. The radiance of the Taj Mahal changes every hour so there is not a bad time to visit the Taj Mahal. The attraction is at its best though during sunrise, sunset and a full moon. At sunrise you will see the colour transform from a soft grey, into pink and then to a soft red glow. At sunset the colours on show go from a fiery yellow into a soft orange until it changes again in the fading light to white. Under the light of a full moon the Taj Mahal gives off a silvery glow.

Places Nearby

Agra Fort
Agra Fort is another famous visitor attraction in Agra. It was constructed in 1565 by the Emperor Akbar although several alterations were conducted until the time that Shah Jahan ruled. It is a beautiful example of architecture from the Mughal period, made entirely of red sandstone it is now a UNESCO Heritage Site.
Akbar’s Tomb in Sikandra
Akbar’s Tomb is located just 13km from Agra Fort and is the final resting place of Akbar the Great, the Mughal Emperor. The architectural style is different from all the other tombs of the Mughal emperors. It is a pyramidal tomb and completed by Akbar’s son Jahangir in 1613. Inscribed upon the tomb are the 99 names of Allah.
Vrindavan
The holy city of Vrindavan is one of the most revered pilgrimage sites in India. The city has a close association to Lord Krishna and it is believed that there are 4,000 temples here dedicated to him.
Swami Bagh Samadhi
Construction of this shrine began over a century ago in 1904 and still continues today. It has been described as the next Taj Mahal and is a colourful mix of marble and carvings in stone believed not seen elsewhere in India. The monument holds the remains of Huzur Swamiji Maharaj, also known as Sri Shiv Dayal Singh Seth.
Mankameshwar Temple
Located just 2,5km from the Taj Mahal and 1km from Agra Fort this is one of the four ancient temples that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temples each stand on a corner of the city. This temple is surrounded by markets dating from the Mughal era.