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Taj Mahal showing a monument, heritage architecture and a fountain
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 colours 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 colour 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.

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.

305 Cheap Hotels Near Taj Mahal

Hotel Taj Resorts
Hotel Taj Resorts
4 out of 5
#538, Near Shilp Gram, Taj Mahal E Gate, Eastern Gate of Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Free cancellation
The price is AU$27 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Located in Taj Ganj, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mosque and the Jawab and Taj Mahal. Agra Fort and Kinari Bazar are also within 3 miles (5 km).
3.7/5Good! (658 reviews)
"We booked for 3 people for a room. But room size is very small for 3."

Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2020

Hotel Taj Resorts
ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Agra
ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Agra
5 out of 5
Taj Ganj Uttar Pradesh, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$98 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
This family-friendly Agra resort is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Sadar Bazar. Jama Masjid and Kinari Bazar are also ...
4.2/5Excellent! (949 reviews)
"Had a great stay."

Reviewed on 3 Apr. 2021

ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Agra
The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
5 out of 5
Taj East Gate Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
The price is AU$386 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
This family-friendly Agra hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Mosque and the Jawab and Taj Mahal. Agra Fort and Kinari Bazar are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (205 reviews)
Exceptional
"It was an amazing experience. Exceptional food and very courteous staff. All the staff member treat you like their own personal guest. excellent trip for 3 nights stay in the property."

Reviewed on 19 Feb. 2021

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Hotel Raj Bed & Breakfast
Hotel Raj Bed & Breakfast
2 out of 5
2/26 Taj Mahal, South Gate, Taj Ganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
The price is AU$8 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Hotel Raj Bed & Breakfast
ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Agra
ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Agra
5 out of 5
Taj Ganj Uttar Pradesh, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
The price is AU$98 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Agra
The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
5 out of 5
Taj East Gate Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
The price is AU$386 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
Hotel Taj Resorts
Hotel Taj Resorts
4 out of 5
#538, Near Shilp Gram, Taj Mahal E Gate, Eastern Gate of Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
The price is AU$27 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Hotel Taj Resorts
Hotel Sidhartha
Hotel Sidhartha
2.5 out of 5
2/95 west gate taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Hotel Sidhartha
Hotel Saniya palace B&B
Hotel Saniya palace B&B
34/277 Chowk Kagjiyan Taj Ganj, Agra, utter predesh
Hotel Saniya palace B&B
Hotel Sheela
Hotel Sheela
2 out of 5
Dashehara Ghat Road, Agra, UP
The price is AU$34 per night from 17 Jun. to 17 Jun.
Hotel Sheela
Lucky Restaurant And Guest House
Lucky Restaurant And Guest House
2.5 out of 5
3/8 Chowk Thana, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
The price is AU$18 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Lucky Restaurant And Guest House
Hotel Atulyaa Taj
Hotel Atulyaa Taj
3.5 out of 5
538, Near Shilp Gram, Taj Mahal (Eastern Gate), Agra, Uttar Pradesh
The price is AU$42 per night from 3 Jul. to 3 Jul.
Hotel Atulyaa Taj
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.