In my last trip to India, I had the opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal for an afternoon.
I’m quite a fan of India as a country, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a peek at the Taj Mahal and see what it was all about.
The Taj Mahal is certainly inspiring I thought and a great place for taking taking photos to impress your family or friends back home.
I’d have to say, if I was asked, that the ivory-white marble mausoleum was my favorite part of the Taj Mahal – of course all of it is impressive, however.
I’ve written all about what I learnt, facts and information in the paragraphs below to help you, if you’re considering visiting the Taj Mahal.
History of the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is widely known as “Crown of Palaces”, and is basically an ivory-white marble mausoleum located on the south bank of the Yamuna stream in the Indian city of Agra.
It was first built in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan; as he wanted somewhere to house the tomb of his favorite spouse, Mumtaz Mahal.
She passed away during the birth of their 14th child named Gauhara Begum in 1631.
The actual grave is the centerpiece of the 42-acre complex, which also consists of a mosque and a visitor house, and set in formal gardens surrounded on three sides by a crenelated wall.
While the planning and building of the Taj Mahal started in 1632, the marble mausoleum was finished in 1643 and the adjoining buildings and garden were completed about five years later.
The Taj Mahal was chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the pride of Muslim art work in India”. And described by the Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, as “the tear-drop on the cheek of time”.
It’s considered by many as the best example of Mughal architectural mastery and a symbolic representation of India’s vibrant historical past, and attracts 7-8 million guests a year.
Lastly in 2007, it was announced a winner of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
You can find a longer description of the Tak Mahal on the Taj Mahal Wikipedia page.
Facilities in Taj Mahal
The cloakroom is open 8:00 A.M To 5:00 P.M. and cloakroom available in the following locations:
- Taj Mahal Western Gate :- Lockers are available at Taj Shopping Complex, near Western gate. (Fee is charged)
- Taj Mahal Eastern Gate:- Lockers are available at shilpgram. (About 750 meters from Eastern gate of Taj Mahal) (No fee is charged)
- Taj Mahal Southern Gate :- Locker are available at Southern gate. (No fee is charged)
A video locker is available inside the Royal Gate, where guests can store their video equipment securely.
Taj Mahal Entry Fee
1. Foreign tourist : 750/-
2. Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries : 510/-
3. Domestic/Indian : 20/-
Taj Mahal Visiting Hours
Sunrise to Sunset and Friday it’s closed
Taj Mahal Location
Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001