Taj Mahal, the Indian icon and one of the seven wonders is definitely one of the most beautiful buildings in the world! (even though I personally find Registan in Uzbekistan to be more impressive)
NB. From 1.April 2016 the entrance ticket price for foreigners got raised to 1000 Rs (750 Rs before). Also, remember that the Taj Mahal is CLOSED to visitors EVERY FRIDAY!!
There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who have seen the Taj Mahal and love it, and those who have not seen the Taj Mahal and love it. Bill Clinton
This wasn’t the first time I visited Taj Mahal, this was actually my third visit to the Indian icon – And it was still as impressive as the first time I saw it back in 2009!
However, one thing has unfortunately changed; It has become extremely overcrowded.
If you are planning to visit Mumbai after Agra, be sure to check out this post.
The gates open at sunrise, just after 6 am, and while the first hour is still pretty quiet and nice it all changes pretty quickly with hoards of tourist arriving constantly – it gets pretty packed.
So, if you’re aiming to get that peaceful photo of Taj Mahal without the crowds, you better be there early.
If not, your photos will look like this:
All these photos were taken just about 30-40min AFTER the gates open.
However, if you’re at the queue buying your ticket more than 30min BEFORE the gate opens – you will be able to get photos like this:
Another place you can visit to enjoy a glimpse of the Taj Mahal is from the back, directly across the Yamuna River at Mehtab Bagh Park. The entrance fee for foreigners is 100 Rs, and it’s open from sunrise to about 18.00 (they will tell you that’s it’s until sunset, but it’s not).
A rickshaw return trip will cost you 200 – 300 Rs from the city centre.
The park is quiet and nicely maintained, but don’t expect to escape the crowds of tourists here either.
But, with a decent zoom lens, you get some good photos of Taj.
Additional Information About Agra and Taj Mahal.
I have already mentioned it, but it’s important, so here we go again.
From 1.April 2016, the entrance ticket price for foreigners got raised to 1000 Rs (750 Rs before).
The gates to Taj Mahal are open from just after sunrise to just before sunset.
Taj Mahal is CLOSED ON FRIDAYS!!
Where to stay in Agra
Agra is probably the city in India with the most guesthouses. As a result, the competition between guesthouses/hotels is huge.
If you use the amazing travel app “MakeMyTrip” to book your accommodation will you be able to get some crazy deals (that sounds sponsored – but it’s not)!
I and my travel-buddy were able to stay at a five* hotel with all you can eat breakfast – at a CHEAPER price than we would’ve paid for a bed in a dormitory, at a hostel.
How To Get Around Agra.
Agra is a spread-out city with a population of 1,7 million.
Unfortunately, there is no metro system – So like in most other Indian cities, Rickshaws (Tuk Tuks) are the main form of transportations. You should be able to hire a rickshaw with a driver for the whole day for around 400 – 600 Rs.
If you got some spare time and want to see the mighty Bengal Tiger, be sure to head to Ranthambore National Park which is just a few hours from Agra.
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