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Taj Mahal

The white mausoleum for Shah Jahan’s third wife is a timeless, ingenious work of art. Decorative carvings, stone inlays and mosaics inspire awe of Mughal culture. 

On the banks of Agra’s Yamuna River is one of the world’s best-known architectural masterpieces, the Taj Mahal. Conceived by grieving Emperor Shah Jahan for his deceased wife, the marble mausoleum was built over 22 years, involving tens of thousands of stone workers and European inlay experts. Discover its beauty at daybreak as dawn colors light up the white marble.

Enter through red sandstone gates decorated with Quran inscriptions. As you approach, notice the symmetry of the complex, from the structures standing on either side of the mausoleum to the layout of the canals and gardens.

Sitting atop a raised base, the Taj Mahal’s only background is the sky. The huge dome and towering minarets cast a stunning silhouette at dawn. Throughout the day the marble seems to change color with the angle of the sun. Some say the grandiosity of the building was intended to represent the glory of the Mughals.

Look up to notice carved arches with gemstone flowers and calligraphy set into the marble. Once inside, listen for echoes created by the shape of the dome; this ensured prayer would reverberate before fading away. In the octagonal main hall, cenotaphs of the Shah and his wife stand amid mosaics and marble screens with spectacular gemstone inlays. The shah’s tomb is not symmetrical, as his intentions for a mausoleum of his own were thwarted when his son seized power.

Get an in-depth history of this remarkable place, including architectural plans, in the Taj Museum located in the western mosque. Here you’ll find examples of artworks, weapons, literature and craftsmanship from the time of Shah Jahan.

Photography is not allowed inside the mausoleum. It is closed to tourists on Fridays. Electric buses, which help reduce smog levels, take you from the ticket office to the monument. Tickets are reasonably priced and discounted for Indian nationals. Your ticket includes entry to nearby Agra Fort, where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son.


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Radisson Blu Hotel Agra Taj East Gate Road

Radisson Blu Hotel Agra Taj East Gate Road

Taj East Gate Road, Agra
4.3
of 5, from 152 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Agra hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Mosque and the Jawab, Agra Fort and Keetham Lake. Kinari Bazar and Sadar Bazar are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$67
ITC Mughal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Agra

ITC Mughal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Agra

Taj Ganj Uttar Pradesh, Agra
4.2
of 5, from 238 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated just outside Agra, India’s one-time capital city in Uttar Pradesh, ITC Mughal Agra is 4 km (2.5 mi) from the Taj Mahal. Agra Fort and Sadar Bazar are within a 5-minute drive.

$28
Hotel Taj Resorts

Hotel Taj Resorts

#538, Near Shilp Gram, Taj Mahal E Gate, Agra
3.6
of 5, from 182 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Taj Ganj, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Mosque and the Jawab and within 3 mi (5 km) of Agra Fort and Keetham Lake. Jama Masjid and Mankameshwar Temple are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$55
Courtyard by Marriott Agra

Courtyard by Marriott Agra

Taj Nagri, Phase II, Fatehbad Road, Agra
4.5
of 5, from 80 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Agra hotel is located in the historical district, 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Mosque and the Jawab, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sadar Bazar and Kinari Bazar. Keetham Lake and Agra Fort are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$23
Hotel Karan Vilas

Hotel Karan Vilas

Opp. Hotel J. P. Palace, Fatehabad Road, Agra
1.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Taj Ganj, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Mosque and the Jawab and within 6 mi (10 km) of Agra Fort and Keetham Lake. Jama Masjid and Sadar Bazar are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$20
Hotel Samovar

Hotel Samovar

1076/2,Opp. Hotel ITC Mughal, Agra
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Taj Ganj, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Mosque and the Jawab and within 3 mi (5 km) of Agra Fort and Keetham Lake. Sadar Bazar and Jama Masjid are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$45
DoubleTree by Hilton Agra

DoubleTree by Hilton Agra

B/H - 1&2, Taj Nagri Phase II, Agra
4.7
of 5, from 50 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Agra hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Mosque and the Jawab, Agra Fort and Keetham Lake. Sadar Bazar and Kinari Bazar are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$40
Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra

Crystal Sarovar Premiere Agra

Fatehabad Road, Agra
4.5
of 5, from 12 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Agra hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Agra Fort and Sadar Bazar. Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb is 4.3 mi (6.9 km) away.

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