An Ultimate Guide of Taj Mahal, Agra

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The Taj Mahal is the most famous building complex in Agra which is the city where it is located. If you visit the city you will recognize much of the buildings of the Agrabagh, which was where Disney located the animated film  Aladdin .


It was an act of love of a Muslim Indian emperor in honor of his favourite wife, who died poor giving birth to his daughter number 14. It was built in the seventeenth century in white marble, decorated by craftsmen with semiprecious stones and marbles of various colors.

The most famous are the museum and the gardens, where all the tourists take our souvenir photos. The set consists of other smaller buildings but the most striking are the two side buildings to the Taj Mahal which are the jawad and a mosque. The first was used as a guest house and was basically built to give symmetry to the whole.

In order to enter the monument you will cross the darwaza, a building in red sandstone that already leaves you with your mouth open.

How to get to the Taj Mahal?

The Taj Mahal is in the city of Agra. The normal thing is to go on a trip from Delhi or in a circuit that crosses several cities. There are trains from Delhi to Agra but we do not know either schedules or qualities.

In addition to the warning that Friday closes the Taj Mahal, important to plan the trip to India, keep in mind that tickets to enter are purchased in a building a mile from the entrance on the same street. Do not show up there without entry because you will have to travel 3 kilometers (1.5 way and 1.5 way) to go for them. There is a free bus that will take you but you will have to wait for it or pay to one of the ricksaws around there.

They will not let you enter the complex with suitcases or large backpacks. If you carry a laptop you will not be able to leave it in the slogan and you will be left with a fool’s face on the door.

The Taj Mahal well deserves a early start, so we got up at 6:00. A quick breakfast and to see a Wonder of the World.

Ticket sales are about 400 meters from the hotel. When we were going to leave the receptionist has warned us that with such large backpacks we would have problems at the entrance and that if we brought a laptop they would not let us in. Luckily he has warned us, we have managed with a single backpack and left the rest at the hotel. The laptop we left in the hotel safe, we would not have entered if we got to carry it.

In the ticket sales area there were many ricksaws offering their services but they are tedious. Ishmael has been tired of it, especially one who has chased us all the way to the Taj Mahal and asked us 10 times, despite the fact that we always kindly answered him not to.

In addition there is a free bus that takes you so it makes less sense of the ricksaws.

The price of the ticket depends on whether you are local or foreign. We must bear in mind that the standard of living in India with respect to other countries is very low. They will pay almost 100 times less than you as a tourist.

Current prices: 1000/530/40 rupees depending on your nationality.
Updated prices on the official website of the Taj Mahal .

Entrance to the Taj Mahal

At the entrance you are divided into men and women so that they can review and thoroughly check both the bags and the body.

We have noticed that there is a lot of national tourism. People from different parts of India who also have never left their village and looked at us as if we were aliens.

Visit the Taj Mahal

We have made hundreds of photos of the Taj Mahal. It is impressive the mausoleum carved in white marble with beautiful flowers. It is a Florentine technique that embeds precious stones and other materials in marble to make a beautiful eternal garden for your beloved wife. That of raising a monument for love, although it sounds corny, makes it also has its charm.

The gardens are also huge. The buildings are reflected in the ponds and make the mirror effect a photo that we all want to make.

A curious fact is that the verses of the Qur'an that are carved were made with the same technique as the flowers (there is nothing painted in the whole monumental set) they put a special interest that from below they were provided and could be read. For this, the proportions are changing.

In this tomb, as in all the others, you have to go barefoot, so we have continued with our technique of carrying our five fingers in a bag and putting on the socks that we have reserved for these moments. Surely at the end of the trip they will have a dirt sole that can not be bent.

It is also very interesting to carve in marble the fence that surrounds the tombs. It is exquisite and reflects the drawings with sunlight.

It is worth visiting the side buildings because you can take different pictures of the Taj Mahal and inside the buildings that are not typical of the whole world.
After doing a lot of photos we went to look for Bilder (our driver). We met with him at 9:00 and had the poor man waiting for us for 20 minutes.

What to see around Agra?

Not everything is the Taj Mahal in Agra. There are other mausoleums and buildings to see. These are the ones we visit.

1.     Red Fort

3 kms from the Taj Mahal.
Built also of red sandstone, it has the shape of a fort that we all know, a wall that surrounds a set of different buildings. We loved one called Divan-i-Aam for the amount of columns it has.
You can take pictures of the beautiful Taj Mahal from there. We recommend you visit it beforehand, otherwise it will be a waste of time. The Taj Mahal will make any other visit seem like a trifle.

2.      Itimad-ud-daulah Tomb

7 kms from the Taj Mahal.
It is small but very beautiful. They say the marble jeweler and the truth is that it looks like it. It is a square, white building with colorful lattices that make the interior very pleasant. It is also not very visited and it is very quiet.

3.      Sikandra

13 kms from the Taj Mahal.
It is the place where Akbar, El grande, is buried. It is a "Taj Mahal" in the typical red sandstone of the area. It also has gardens but with the curiosity that there are loose animals.

4.       Fatehpur Sikri

43 kms from the Taj Mahal.
It is an abandoned Mongolian city made of red sandstone. It remains in very good condition, although it has been looted on many occasions. You can visit the palace, the harem, the stables, the gardens and all the parts that made it up.