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Agra is located on Yamuna's banks and is known for its Iconic Taj Mahal. This city is filled with vibrant surprises. There are lot more to explore here, you must experience the loud and clear history. Primarily, the Taj Mahal is known as the “Ode to Love” white marble mausoleum. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal and has become a symbol of love and romance.
The Taj Mahal is a perfect example of Mughal architecture. The Mughal architecture showcases a mixture of multiple elements of Indian, Islamic, and Persian styles. The whole structure is made of white marble. It has very sharp features, intricate carvings, and a foundation of precious stones. One of the most striking features of the Taj Mahal is its dome, which is made of white marble and is surrounded by other four smaller domes.
The surrounding of Taj is surrounded by a large blooming garden which is situated on the banks of the Yamuna River. Visitors to the Taj Mahal can admire the intricate details of the building and take in the beautiful views of the surrounding area. Indeed, those gardens are so pleasing to the eyes. Taj Mahal glows differently during the sunrise and sunset hours. The golden tinge, on the white marble, creates such a magical glow.
No matter how beautiful Taj is and its historical value, it has faced its fair share of challenges over the years. Especially when it comes to issues such as pollution from nearby factories and industries. It has really affected the real beauty of the Taj. it has caused the marble to yellow and deteriorate, and there have been concerns about the structural integrity of the building.
The entry timings are from sunrise until sunset. Entry fees are 50 INR for Indians and 1300 INR for foreign nationals. Mausoleum entry fees are 200 INR for all. And below 15 years old children have free entry. Also, the taj mahal is closed on Fridays.
A1. 30 mins before sunrise and 30 mins before sunset.
A2. Night views of the Taj are allowed from 20:30 to 00:30 hours, for 30 mins visit.