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Frequently asked questions for Taj Mahal & Agra visit.
Q: How to reach Agra?
Agra city is well connected with Delhi which is the capital of India.
Every half an hour we have train from Delhi to Agra. We do have some flights to Agra from important cities of India.
You can also come to Agra by surface, we have Yamuna express highway. From Delhi to Agra distance is 220 KM. by car it take maximum 3 Hr to reach Taj mahal from Delhi.
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Q: How many Hours it take to reach Agra from Delhi?
From Delhi to Agra distance is 220 KM, thru Yamuna express highway it will take maximum 3 Hr to reach Taj Mahal. Know more about Same day Agra tour from Delhi by car.
Q: How much time we need to visit Agra city from Delhi?
From Delhi to Agra distance is 220 KM, thru Yamuna express highway it will take maximum 3 Hr to reach Agra.
Sightseeing of Agra will Take about 6 Hrs the go back to Delhi again 3 hr.
This tour will take about 10-12 hours So if you start from Delhi about 7 AM in morning, you will back in Delhi about 7PM.
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Q: What else we can see in Agra beside the Taj Mahal?
Agra city was the capital of Mughal Empire for about 120 Years. So this Agra city have many historical monument to visit.
10 historical places to visit in Agra.
List of the historical monuments to visit in Agra.
1. Taj Mahal
2. Agra fort
3. Itmad-ud-daulah tomb (baby Taj)
4. Akbar's tomb (sikandra)
5. Fatehpur Sikri.
6. Mehtab bagh (moonlight garden)
7. Mariam's tomb
8. Ram bagh
9. Chini ka roja
10. Radha Swami temple
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Q: Beside surface how can we reach Agra?
Indian railways start 1 special train for the tourists from Delhi to Agra every day.
Gatimaan Express, which arrived in Agra at 9:50 AM and go back at 5:50 PM.
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Q: What is the meaning of Taj Mahal?
Taj Mahal in Agra is the combination of 2 words. Taj means "Crown" and Mahal means "Palace", But as we know it's not a living place it's a mausoleum or a tomb of Mumtaz Mahal.
Q: Who built the Taj Mahal and Why?
Taj Mahal in Agra was built by fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his loving wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal also known as building of eternal love. Shah Jahan he was the boy who born with the golden spoon, and he became men with the campaign taste who never compromise with the quality.
Q: Who was Shah Jahan?
Shah Jahan was the fifth Mughal Emperor of India. He was the richest person of the world at that time like his Father Jahangir and his grandfather Akbar. Back then 27% GDP of the world was from India. If we considered all time inflation Shah Jahan was the richest person of the world ever.
Q: How many wife Shah Jahan have?
Shah Jahan was husband of four beautiful wife (as per most of historians). Mumtaz was his second but most beautiful wife. She was Persian and Persian ladies are known for her spotless beauty.
Q: Who was Mumtaz mahal?
Mumtaz was from a noble family. Her grand father Mirza Ghiyath Beg was the prime minister of Jahangir. Her Aunt Nur Jahan was 20th wife of Jahangir.
Q: What is History of Taj Mahal?
Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife. This is her tomb When Mumtaz died she was only 38 years old and she was delivering 14th child of Shah Jahan, only 7 children were survived 4 boys (Dara Shikoh, Shah Shuja, Aurangzeb and Murad Baksh) and 3 daughters (Jahanara Begum, Roshanara Begum and Gauhar Ara Begum).
She died in the child birth, but that baby survived she was Shah Jahan's third daughter Gauhar Ara. Mumtaz died in June 1631 and Taj Mahal construction started after 6 months death of Mumtaz.
(One American author of Indian origin, Indu Sundaresan she wrote a wonderful book about Mumtaz death and Taj Mahal construction "Shadow Princess" (Taj Mahal Trilogy #3) that's I would like to recommend you. It has 80% history and 20% Fiction)
Taj Mahal work stated in December 1631 and finished in 1653, it took 22 years to be complete. Main white Taj Mahal Mausoleum took 17 years and red sandstone structure took 5 years. More then 20 thousand workers were involved in the construction of Taj Mahal. 40 million Indian rupees that was the cost construction of the Taj Mahal then.
Then gold was about 1 Indian rupee per gram and today is about 3500 Rs per gram. So today's Taj Mahal construction cost would be around 2 billion US Dollar. This is just the construction cost of Taj Mahal historical value is much more like it priceless.
Taj Mahal become UNESCO world heritage site in 1983 but after 7th July 2007 (07/07/2007) this become first men made wonder of the world. So now Taj Mahal is first among seven men made wonder of the world.
Taj Mahal minarets are 2 degree diagonal towards the corner so if earthquake occur they will not fall over the Taj Mahal, they will fall outside.
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Q: What is Architecture of Taj Mahal?
Taj Mahal is the combination of 10 buildings and fusion of 4 architectures.
Ustad Isa khan Afrandi was the Architect of Taj Mahal. For the Taj Mahal he brought idea from different buildings.
Taj Mahal is the combination of 10 Buildings
1. Taj Mahal main building concept got from 2nd Mughal Emperor Humayun's tomb which is in Delhi.
2. Taj Mahal main gate (royal gate) concept from 3rd Mughal Emperor Akbar's tomb which is in Agra.
3. Taj Mahal minarets (4 towers) concept from 4th Mughal Emperor Jahangir's tomb which is in Lahore Pakistan.
4. Taj Mahal white marble and marble Inlay work concept was from Itmad ud daulah's tomb which in Agra that is also know are "baby Taj Mahal" or "jewel box".
5. Taj Mahal kiosk (chhatri) concept was from Mandu Fort which is in ?Dhar district of M.P state.
6. Taj Mahal Raised platform concept from previous dynasty Lodi dynasty.
7. Taj Mahal four garden concepts were from Persia (modern Iran) and called Paradise garden.
8. Taj Mahal facade and row of the fountain concept from Alhambra Granada.
9. Taj Mahal double dome concept was from great Mosque of Damascus Syria.
10. Taj Mahal Dado, Zali (screen) and wall relive carving are part of Hindu Architecture.
Taj Mahal is the the fusion of 4 Architecture
4. Ottoman architecture.
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Q: Which type of Stones used in Taj Mahal?
Taj Mahal basic structure in on bricks and Marble used as veneer (6 inch to 2 feet). For the Taj Mahal Shah Jahan brought all white marble from Makrana. Makrana marble is considered hardest and purest marble in the world, even it's 10 times stronger then Italian marble Carrara. Carrara marble is porous, but Makrana marble is impervious. In India we have more then 100 types of the marble but Makrana marble is the best.
Red color stone which was mainly used to built mosque and guest house in the Taj Mahal complex. This red sandstone was from 50 KM away of Agra.
Semi precious Gems Inlay on Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal is beautifully decorated with marble Inlay work. This art is also called pietra dure. Semi precious stones are use to inlay on the Taj Mahal.
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Q: Which semi precious stones used in Taj Mahal Inlay?
About 28 different types of Gems stones are inlay on the Taj Mahal.
here is the list of semi-precious stone use in Taj Mahal: Lapis lazuli, Jade, Malachite, Carnelian, Garnet, Black onyx, Blood stone, yellow Jasper, Gold sand Stone, Red Jasper, Sodalite, Rhodonite, Quartz, Topaz, white Jade, Turqoise, Oplite, Red Agate, Green Agate Etc.
Q: What to wear when Visiting The Taj Mahal?
Please Note there is no dress code for the Taj Mahal visit. You can wear whatever you like
Q: Is there any dress code for Taj Mahal visitors?
No, there is no dress code for Taj Mahal visitors. You can wear whatever you like.
Q: Any tip for dress or clothing for Taj Mahal visit?
YES, You must wear clothes which have bright colors, because Taj Mahal is white building if you have colorful clothing it appear fantastic in photo with the Taj Mahal.
Q: Do we have to remove the shoe when we visit Taj Mahal?
No. You can wear shoe covers over your shoes. Shoe covers and one half liter water bottle is free with the foreign ticket. For the domestic tourist you can buy shoe covers from the counter which are near the every ticket window of Taj Mahal.
Q: What is the ticket price of Taj Mahal?
Updated on: 22/08/2019
Please note: No charges are applied on Taj Mahal visit for Children; If Age is less than 15 year.
For other's tourist Taj Mahal ticket price are below in INR:
For the Taj Mahal there are 2 types of Tickets.
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1. Taj Mahal (you can go near to Taj Mahal only)
2. Taj Mahal with Mausoleum (you can go inside the Taj Mahal)
1. Taj Mahal with Mausoleum
(By this ticket you can go inside the main white building of Taj Mahal)
A. For Foreign tourist ticket price is Rs.1300 in cash and Rs.1250 by card/online.
B. For SAARC/BIMSTEC tourist ticket price is Rs 750 in cash and Rs. 735 by card/online.
C. For Domestic tourist ticket price is Rs 250 in cash and Rs 245 by card/online.
2. Taj Mahal
(By this ticket you can go only near to Taj Mahal building but you can't go inside the main white building of Taj Mahal)
A. For Foreign tourist ticket price is Rs.1100 in cash and Rs.1050 by card/online.
B. For SAARC/BIMSTEC tourist ticket price is Rs 550 in cash and Rs. 535 by card/online.
C. For Domestic tourist ticket price is Rs 50 in cash and Rs 45 by card/online.
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Q: Can i buy Taj Mahal Ticket Online?
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Q: Where I can Buy Taj Mahal tickets Online?
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Q: Can i can book Govt. Approved tourist guide for Taj Mahal visit?
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Q: Can i visit Taj Mahal on Sunrise from Delhi?
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Q: Can I visit Taj Mahal with no tourists or with fiew visitors?
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Q: What to see inside Taj Mahal?
Inside the Taj Mahal you can see.
1. Taj Mahal main building, which is masterpiece of Mughal architecture.
2. Beautiful marble craftsmanship like stone carving, marble Inlay work of gems stone, beautiful screen work, and dados work etc.
3. Building on the both side of Taj Mahal Mosque and guest house both are another beautiful structure.
4. Taj Mahal complex also have Taj museum which has some art effects of Mughal period.
Q: What is Best time to visit Taj Mahal?
Best time to visit Taj Mahal is sunrise or very early in the morning. Taj Mahal looks beautiful when we have good amount of light. Taj Mahal sunrise tour from Delhi with no toursit".
Q: Are drone camera is allowed inside Taj Mahal?
No, Drone camera is strictly prohibited inside the Taj Mahal.
Q: What is the list of prohibited items inside Taj Mahal?
List of prohibited items inside the Taj MahalPlastic bags, Big backpacks, Books, Eating and smoking is strictly prohibited inside Taj Mahal. Arms, ammunitions, fire, smoking items, tobacco products, liquor, eatables (Toffees), head phones, knives, wire, mobile charger, electric goods (except camera), Tripods are also prohibited.
Q: Are Camera Tripods allowed inside Taj Mahal?
No, Camera Tripods are prohibited inside Taj Mahal.
Q: Can we carry Mobile phone inside Taj Mahal?
Yes, you can carry mobile phone inside the Taj Mahal but Mobile phones are to be kept switched off or on silent mode.
Q: can we take photo inside Taj Mahal mausoleum?
No, Photography is prohibited inside the main mausoleum.
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