Taj Mahal reflected in the Yamuna river.
Considered the most important monument in India and one of the most visited in the world, the Taj Mahal undergoes new changes focused on preserving the great mecca of Indian Romanticism. We tell you all about the schedules and information of the Taj Mahal.
Brief history of the Taj Mahal
Women entering the main ship of the Taj Mahal.
Rabindranath Tagore once said that the Taj Mahal was “a tear on the cheek of time.” The same that once also sprang from the eyes of Prince Shah Jahan after the death of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal , in giving birth to his fourteenth child. A tragedy that, paradoxically, would mold one of the most important monuments in the world.
With a first works that began in 1632 by order of Jahan in the city of Agra, the Taj Mahal was conceived as a mausoleum for a love to which the prince paid tribute through a lavish complex in which they worked up to 22 thousand people.
More than 300 years later, the Taj Mahal continues to be India’s most visited complex and the country’s main external image of curry. A work of art that, nevertheless, had been facing different problems that required certain urgent measures.
News in the visit to the Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal at sunset © Pixabay
The Taj Mahal receives up to 22 thousand tourists per day from all over the world , although in high season (between the months of November and February) it can reach up to 70 thousand. Figures of infarction that caused a “human contamination” for which the authorities have found the best solution: reduce to 3 hours the access time of any visitor within the Taj Mahal .
In this way, each traveler who, starting on June 16, 2019, visits the city of Agra, and in particular the Taj Mahal, will only be able to access the mausoleum during this time frame. If you wish to spend more hours, you must buy a new ticket at one of the three access points (Eastern, South and Western Entrance, the busiest).
Each of the tickets contains the time of entry into the Taj Mahal, so, in case you have exceeded the time limit, you must pay a fine whose amount is equivalent to the price of another ticket.
These new measures are supported by the constant interest, both from the Indian government and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), to preserve one of the great heritages of India coinciding with an architectural renovation of the same that will end sometime in 2019.
Taj Mahal visit schedule
If you are willing to travel to the Taj Mahal , the visiting hours are:
- From Saturday to Thursday: includes half an hour before sunrise and half an hour after sunset.
- On Fridays it remains closed
- Your night time is from 20:30 to 00:30 only on full moon nights (other than Friday). These are visits with a limited capacity of 50 people and that need to be acquired in a special way. We organize these visits for our travelers from Sociedad Geografica de las Indias .
Ticket prices at the Taj Mahal
At the time of accessing the Taj Mahal, there are two types of entry: a general one to visit the exteriors of the complex and its different monuments, and another, as a supplement, that allows access to the interior of the mausoleum itself. These tickets can be purchased both online and at the physical point of sale but always together; that is, you can not purchase the supplement to visit the mausoleum individually.
- Entrance for premises : 50 rupees + 200 supplement if you are looking to visit the main monument.
- Admission to countries of the SAARC (Association for Regional Cooperation of South Asia formed by Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) : 540 rupees + 200 rupees of supplement for main the main mausoleum.
- Entry for BIMSTEC countries (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Technical and Economic Cooperation formed by Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Burma, Bhutan, India and Burma) : 540 rupees + 200 rupees of supplement for main the main mausoleum.
- Entry for foreign visitors : 1100 rupees + 200 rupees of supplement to visit the main mausoleum.
- Entry for children under 15 years old : Free.
Best time to visit the Taj Mahal
In addition to the schedules and information of the Taj Mahal, knowing what time to visit it will help you choose the perfect time to enjoy all its charm:
- From October to March: Although it is the high season of the Taj Mahal , the autumn and winter of Agra offer mild temperatures that invite you to sit among the gardens or have a chai tea from the terrace of some of the restaurants that surround the complex . In addition, Taj Mahotsav is celebrated in February , one of the most famous handicraft festivals in North India.
- From April to July: Summer begins in India and, with it, high temperatures that require sunglasses, sunscreen and light clothing. One of the advantages of visiting the Taj Mahal on this date lies in its low season condition , so you will find great tranquility between half-empty hotels and a much less crowded access to the complex.
- From August to September: At the beginning of August the monsoon reaches the city of Agra bringing that nostalgic touch so typical of a monument built for love. A good time to ignore the high temperatures and enjoy the cool atmosphere of the bazaars of Agra or link with the Teej, the fascinating monsoon festival of Jaipur .