One of India’s most iconic buildings is the Taj Mahal, which is a mausoleum in the city of Agra. The mausoleum was built in 1632-53 on the orders of the Mughal emperor, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is an impressive ivory-white marble structure set in a 42-acre complex, which consists of the Taj, its gardens, a mosque and guest house. The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, UNESCO stated that the Taj Mahal complex was "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage".
The mausoleum is situated in the east of Agra. The best way to get to the Taj is by taking a taxi or by taking a local tour bus.
Opening Times and Admission
The Taj Mahal is open six days a week, every day but Friday which is the weekly day of closure. Taj Mahal opens 30 Minutes before sunrise and closes 30 Minutes before sunset during normal operating days. Admission is set at 1100 INR, Indian citizens get a discount on that price.