Top Travel Tips for Seeing Taj Mahal, Agra to Make The Best of Your India Tour

Agra has gained immense importance in the tourism sector and has been one of the must-visit cities of the country for decades now. Apart from the numerous white marble and red sandstone monuments, this town boasts of tranquil gardens and bustling markets.

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Taj Mahal in Agra needs no mention, it is India’s most recognized monument and is also one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Of course, visiting a site of this significance, you want to make the most of it.

So for your ease, we have listed a few travel tips to keep in mind while visiting Agra and seeing Taj Mahal just to ensure your holiday is as perfect and complete as it can be.

 

Top Travel Tips For Visiting Taj Mahal, Agra

 

When to Visit Taj Mahal?

The Taj Mahal is open year round from sunrise to sunset i.e. between 8 am to 5 pm, except for Fridays.

It is a good idea to visit Taj Mahal just before summers (January to early March). The heat during this time is bearable and you get a good view of the monument. You can also plan your visit during winters (November to January) but because of the fog, the visibility is greatly affected. Plan your visit during weekdays i.e. Monday to Thursday as weekends can get very crowded.

Entry Fee and Information

The Taj has three entry gates, west, east and south. The western gate is the main gate but you will find long queues there. Eastern gate has the shortest queues owing to the inconvenient location of the ticket office from there. It involves 10 minutes’ walk from the gate to reach the ticket office. Southern gate is located very close to the popular tourist area, Taj Ganj. The entry fee at all the gates is same. Foreigners pay INR 1000 while nationals pay INR 40 per head.

Catch a Glimpse During the Sunrise, Sunset or Full Moon Night

The Taj Mahal appears to gradually alter its colours in the changing light of the day. It can be best viewed during sunrise, sunset and during the full moon night. It is worth getting up early in the morning to catch a glimpse of sunrise at Taj. It also gives you a better chance of photography without the crowd, however, you may experience some fog early in the morning.

Sunset is again an excellent time to view the shades of orange, red and purple on the beautiful Taj. It is cooler in the evening but it is extremely crowded.

Taj Mahal on the full moon night is a spectacular site. It is open two days before and two days after the full moon. If you want to visit Taj Mahal during this time, you need to book tickets a day in advance.

What You Cannot Take Inside Taj Mahal?

You cannot take eateries, smoking items, tobacco products and water bottle inside. However, drinking water facility is available at the western and eastern gate of the Taj Mahal.

Tripods and mobile phone charger are also not allowed inside the premises. However, there are lockers for you to leave these if you make the mistake of carrying them to the site. There are photographers inside who will be happy to click pictures for you on your DSLR at as low as INR 5 per click.

Also, you cannot take your vehicles within 500 meters radius of the Taj Mahal.

Hire Approved Guides

If you plan to hire a guide, make sure you check their government approved identity cards. Apparently, there are only 50-60 approved guides at the Taj Mahal but you will find over 3000 touts posing as guides or photographers.

What to Wear at the Taj Mahal?

There is no strict dress code but it is advisable to dress modestly. For good photographs, you can wear something colourful and bright like shades of reds, yellows, purples, and blues! Since the Taj is all white marble, it is the perfect place to wear your bright.

You Will Have to Go Barefoot

In order to protect damage to the marble, visitors are not allowed to walk around the Taj Mahal with their shoes. So be prepared to walk barefoot to reach the top of the Taj Mahal. You can get the shoe cover easily outside the Taj Mahal for INR 5 a pair.

 

These are few of the tips for visiting and seeing the Taj Mahal with ease.

Now we are going to share with you some general tips for visiting Agra.

 

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Agra Travel Tips and Precautions

 

  • Carry valid photo identification at all times.
  • Always opt for prepaid taxis while hiring from airports or railway stations.
  • Agra can get extremely hot in the summer months, thus pack light cotton clothes.
  • Pack hats, sunglasses and an adequate amount of sunscreen to protect yourself from the harsh sun.
  • Pack warm clothes and mufflers for the winter months in Agra.
  • Women travellers must be modestly dressed when visiting holy shrines.
  • Beware of tricksters and touts targeting tourists.
  • Do not accept any food or drinks from strangers.
  • Avoid eating at roadside cafes which may have unhygienic cooking environments.
  • Do not drink tap water and always purchase sealed bottled water from reliable stores.

 

We are sure our Agra travel tips will help you on your holiday. Moreover, we can take care of the rest for you. We at Holiday Travel specialise is providing the cheapest international and domestic airfare and accommodations for every city in India.

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