The Taj Mahal is the pride of India, and a symbol of eternal love. It’s a world wonder and bucket list destination. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting this iconic mausoleum.
Whilst the glistening white marble might look good as new, the Taj Mahal actually dates back to the 17th century. In 1632 Emperor Shah Jahan built the mausoleum when his favourite wife (that’s right, he had many wives) Mumtaz Mahal died. It’s also home to her tomb.
Nearly four hundred years later, the Taj Mahal has become an iconic symbol of eternal love, visited by millions of people every year.
The Taj Mahal is one of those sights that we've all seen in films, articles or on the back of postcards, but in person, it's going to take your breath away.
People from all walks of life decide to visit, for all different reasons. There's so much history behind the mausoleum, so for those interested in India's past, this is a destination that brings the history books to life.
The architecture alone is stunning, built entirely with marble, it's one of the world's most beautiful buildings. And when you consider the amount of time it took to build (22 years), the story behind the Taj Mahal becomes even more romantic. There's no wonder it's such a popular spot for romantics and couples.
The fact that it's a world wonder also means that it attracts those hoping to tick off all the wonders of the world. This label also shows just how special and impressive the Taj Mahal really is.
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The Taj Mahal is open from sunrise to sunset, so you've got a lot of freedom when planning your visit. Watching the sun set or rise over the Taj Mahal is an amazing experience, which can make for great photos.
That being said though, there's no real bad time to visit. The Taj looks stunning at any time of the day. It will inevitably get busier as the day progresses though.
If you have time, it can be worth visiting a couple of times, once during the day and once at sunset or sunrise.
There are three different entrance gates to the Taj Mahal: East Gate, West Gate, and the South Gate. All the gates lead to the same courtyard, so it doesn't really matter which entrance you go for, It just depends on whether or not you want to save time by skipping the queues at East Gate.
Technically, there's no actual dress code enforced at the Taj Mahal. However, India is quite a religious country, which means it's always best to dress respectfully.
One of the best times to visit the Taj Mahal is after dark, but there are only certain nights when you can, between 8:30pm and 12:30am. To be precise there are only five nights each month when you can actually do this: the night of the full moon, the two days before it and the two days after it.
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