Visit Taj Mahal – Highlight of Golden Triangle tour
The beauty of Taj mahal draws people from far and wide. Nothing can beat the charm and grandeur of Taj. This is one of the biggest reasons why people book the Golden Triangle tour. This wonderful monument in white marble was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who dies while giving birth to his 13th child. Agra is easily approachable from all parts of the country via efficient road, rail and air network. Select whoever mode of transport suits you and get the bookings done as per your convenience. Usually, people book a private taxi from Delhi and reach Agra via road. Yamuna Expressway has made a journey between Agra and Delhi extremely fast and convenient. You are in Agra in approximately 3 hours depending on traffic and weather conditions. But if you wish you can even book a train such as Shatabdi Express or Gatiman Express and you will be in Agra in the shortest possible time. A lot of people book Golden Triangle Tour 7 days as this provides them an opportunity to explore other cities such as Delhi and Jaipur along with Agra. Agra also has an airport which receives only Indian Airline flights. This airport is at a distance of 7 km from the city center.
Entry fee to Taj Mahal
Most of the monuments have an entry fee and so does Taj Mahal. This entry fee is nominal and is basically charged for the maintenance of the monument. Every year an endless number of visitors come to see the Taj Mahal. So, it becomes pertinent to take proper care of its wear and tear. Entry tickets for Taj Mahal are available at the entry gate ticket counter. Tickets are available both at Western Gate and Eastern Gate. The Western Gate is located close to the Saheli Burj. The ticket counter opens one hour before the sunrise and closes down 45 minutes prior to the sunset. Southern Gate of Taj Mahal is only for exit. You will not get any entry tickets here. There are separate queues for international and domestic tourists. The foreigners have to pay INR 1100 to enter Taj Mahal. For the Indian passport holders, this is only INR 50. Citizens of BIMSTEC and SAARC countries need to pay INR 540. If you wish to enter the main mausoleum to have to pay an additional fee of INR 200. It is advisable that you have a Govt approved tour guide with you when you go to visit the Taj. He/ she will tell you several interesting facts about the monument and this will enable you to enjoy your visit to the hilt.
What more can you see in Agra besides the
Agra has a plethora of tourist attractions besides the Taj Mahal. If you have sufficient time on hand you must visit places such as Agra Fort which is a beautiful red sandstone fort, Tomb of Itimad-ud Daulah also known as ‘Baby Taj’, Metab Bagh, etc. But all of this is only possible if you plan a two or three-day trip.
Agra Fort was the former residence of Mughal kings till the capital shifted to Delhi. It is spread over a whopping area of 94 acres. There is a museum located inside the fort where you will see items of the ancient era. Then there is Mehtab Bagh. This is a lovely garden which is now a part of the Taj complex. The place is just perfect for clicking some nice pictures. There is an entry fee of just INR 10 to enter Mehtab Bagh. For foreigners, this entry charge is INR 100. Mehtab Bagh offers a splendid sunset view of the Taj Mahal. Tomb of Itimad- ud Daulah is a smaller version of the Taj Mahal. This is why is it referred to as Baby Taj or the Jewel Box. There are beautiful Persian inscriptions and motifs of trees, etc on the walls of this tomb complex. It was constructed by Nur Jehan in memory of her father.
So, go ahead book your Same Day Taj Mahal tour or Golden Triangle 3 day tour and explore every nook and corner of Agra. Try to plan your visit during the winter months. Summers are extremely hot and so you will have a problem sightseeing. Book your tour with a reliable and well-known tour operator. If you book in advance you might get a good deal or some attractive discounts on premier properties. Also, the availability of trains or air tickets will be easier.