Visiting India and craving for wanderlust in a nation full of scenic beauty and whimsical wonders is an experience of a lifetime. You may have visited many countries as a tourist, and you might believe you know the drill. But, make sure you have checked your facts twice when it is about India. India and its monuments have many stories to tell, and it is close to impossible to get all of them in a single shot. Taj Mahal also happens to be one of those wonders. Known as one of the most scintillating memorials in the seven wonders and approved by UNESCO as a world heritage site, this Indian backdrop is such a darling to countrymen. Read on to know how you can make your Taj Mahal tour from Delhi a fulfilling and satisfying one with these simple yet handy tips.
1) How to Reach:-
Taj Mahal is situated in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, and reaching the Taj Mahal has many ways, the mainly used ones are listed below.
If you like to travel by air or airways are your inclination, then upon reaching Delhi, Air India offers a direct flight from Delhi to Agra. Upon landing, you can book a cab for Taj Mahal from the airport itself.
If you are more of a roundtrip person, you can follow your audio tour guide and arrange the Taj Mahal tour via bus or a cab. Agra is a 5 KM run once you reach Jaipur from Delhi. Booking a taxi will be the best option if you are planning a family outing. From other popular stations like Gwalior, Kanpur, Lucknow, Agra is a four-kilometre run. If you follow your Audio Tour Guide wisely, road travel would be an ideal solution.
However, if you want a proper Indian taste of journeys, you must choose railways. You can book railway tickets as Agra offers five railway stations. The chief and the dominant one of them is Cantt railway station which is in the neighbourhood of the Taj Mahal.
- Tickets and Timings;-
You can be confused by your Audio Tour Guide here since you need a physical guide who is an insider because details like the timings and interesting places would be suggested by him only. The visiting hours for Taj Mahal are from 6 AM to 6.30 PM. Taj Mahal stays open to visitors except for Fridays. On Friday evenings, only the Taj Mosque is open for prayers. The entry ticket for Indian citizens is 40 INR and for foreigners, the tickets are 1000 INR. There are no charges to visit the Taj Mahal for all children below 15 regardless of nationality. Another interesting fact is that one can purchase an entry ticket from any world heritage site in India from the Taj Mahal. Likewise, vouchers to any world heritage sites in India can be purchased at the Taj Mahal.
- Best Time to Stopover
Since India experiences three main seasons, winter, summer, and the monsoon; the Taj Mahal visiting times change from season to season. Though, below are the best times for the Taj Mahal tour.
October to March
This is the best time to visit the Taj Mahal as the climate is neither too bright nor too grey. The afternoons have a smooth, bracing breeze and mild sun. You can happily spend your afternoon in the Taj complex or stroll on the streets with your family.
August to October
If you want to see the beauty of this Islamic brilliance in the rains, this is the best time to do so. Taj is in the polished, splendour shape in the monsoon. The rains in these months generally trickle and can amplify your experience.
April to July
April to July mark the months of vacation in India since most of the institutions declare summer holidays at these times. The temperature is excellent, but you can hang out in the lush greens at the Taj complex.
There are some more details you must keep in your diary before visiting the Taj Mahal, but if you have a knowledgeable guide by your side, these things won’t matter.