If you are planning to visit India this holiday season, it is better to start with a ravishing Taj Mahal tour, as it is the perfect way you could get an insight into India’s rich heritage. This is a beautiful monument in Agra, which attracts thousands of tourists from across the world. Therefore, apart from the Indian citizens, you may find a number of foreigners clicking pictures, praising the architecture and learning about the monument’s history. Built in 1653, the Agra Taj Mahal stands as an epitome of true love between the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. So, if you are a newly-wed couple, you should definitely visit this place and experience love all around.
Basic Facts about Taj Mahal
• Ranked: 3rd in the world’s top 25 landmarks
• Famous As: UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 wonders of the world
• Height: 73 m
• Situated In: Agra
• Taj Mahal Timings: Open from sunrise to sunset; closed on Fridays for general viewing purposes
• Ticket Outlets: Western Gate, Eastern Gate And Southern Gate
• Estimated Cost of Construction: Nearly 32 million rupees at that time
The ivory-white marble mausoleum stands as an example of the deep love that can never fade away. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, and the Muslim Persian princess, Mumtaz Mahal (known as Arjumand Banu Begum before marriage) fell in love with each and got married in 1612. They both shared an intense love bond and were truly an inseparable companion for each other. But unfortunately, during the birth of their 14th child, Mumtaz passed away. Thus, the Emperor ordered to construct ‘Taj Mahal’ as a tribute to her wife. Almost 22,000 laborers and 1,000 elephants started with the construction in 1632 and it got completed in 1653.
Top Agra Sightseeing Places
• Taj Mahal
• Sikandra Fort
• Agra Fort
• Fatehpur Sikri
• Akbar’s Tomb
• Jahangir’s Palace
• Chini ka Rauza
• Jodha Bai ka Rauza
• Octagonal Tower
• Radha Swami Samadhi
• Guru Ka Taal
• Jama Masjid
• Bageshwarnath Temple
• Moti Masjid
• Soami Bagh Samadh
• It is ideal to reach there as early as possible, if you wish to avoid a huge crowd.
• Be prepared to walk in a long queue. So, maintain the decorum.
• Do not carry snacks or any eating stuff inside.
• If you are a foreigner, a number of people might ask you to get a photograph clicked with you. So, do not panic.
Golden Triangle Tour
This is a popular tourist circuit in India, which will multiply your tourism experience. Most of the people, who visit India for the first time or who love to explore the historic places, generally prefer this type of package. This tour is joy ride to the famous Indian cities, viz. Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. All of the three destinations are known for their top attractions, local customs and vibrant cultures. Hence, if you were planning to visit Agra with your friends and family, you can now plan for the golden triangle tour, if your budget and time allows. This tour includes two additional destinations, other than Agra. Therefore, it is not a bad deal.
So, what are you waiting for now? Taj Mahal is a ‘must to visit’ place in Agra. So, definitely plan your next trip here. Choosing the golden triangle circuit is entirely your choice. However, it is for sure that you and your family will have a momentous time, exploring this beautiful masterpiece. Plan it now..!!