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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

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Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
+91 0562 222 6431
http://www.tajmahal.gov.in/
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One of the most famous structures in not only India, but the world, the Taj Mahal is the crowning jewel on a trip to India. A great example of Mughal architecture -- a mix of Persian, Islamic and ... Read more
India styles -- the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built in the memory of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's wife. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Although the crowds, the touts and self-proclaimed tour guides can be overwhelming at first, once past the entrance you can enjoy the view. Don't miss the first glimpse of the majestic marble building as you walk through the first building; it's a breath-taker.

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Simply marvelous. Yes, there are a lot of tourists, but the area is so large you can easily find a tranquil place to sit alone and admire the building. I'm sure it can get much busier, but I didn't feel stressed in the slightest. Even the free restrooms are well maintained.

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Cagliari

Fair enough, the Taj Mahal gets incredibly crowded. The good news though is that those crowds are friendly and even as a solo traveler, you're bound to enjoy it. Make sure to go on the late afternoon to enjoy what is the ultimate tourist attraction in India, and to enjoy a fantastic sunset.

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Foster City

Second time to Taj Mahal in 14 years, first by train from Delhi, now by car from Jaipur.
The guide said it took 22,000 workers at 17 years for Taj, and 22 years total for whole place, at that day’s .price valued at 22 Million dollars (year 1653), today’s value is around 900 Billion dollars!

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Singapore

Love the symmetry and the love story behind Taj Mahal. Remember to find a good angel either early morning or evening to take most instagrammable photo. The journey from New Delhi can be very exhausting.

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Spokane

The power of love! Amazing at any time of day by experiencing both sunrise and sunset created very different views and experiences. The work of the artist using precious stones to make the designs and how much work went into each flower is simply hard to image. As you stand inside and look closely at all the detail it's again impressive and overwhelming. There are no words to describe this. When you hear the Taj took 22 years, 20,000 men and 1000 elephants to complete it's a staggering feat. But when you are there and witness the magnitude of this and see the detail of marble work it's amazing they completed it in 22 years!

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Bergen

The most beautiful building in the world?

I've visited Taj Mahal 2 times, 2001 and 2008, and was blown away both times.
It looks stunning in photos, but in real life it is so much more than that.

My tips for a good experience and photos:
* Read about the history behind it!
* Come very early! A couple of chai before Taj Mahal opens at sunrise, but starts selling tickets half an our before. The queue is allready long at 05:50...
* Tip if you are two people and more: 1 person stands in the ticket queue and the rest at the gate queue. I got my ticket at 06:15. Be aware that it is one line for men and another for women at the gate! (This was at the east gate in 2008).
* take your time inside to enjoy the tomb-building, garden, the other buildings, and the other tourists...
* Take a rickshaw or taxi to the other side of the river before sunrise or sunset for another view and reflections in the river. The garden here on this side also has an interesting story...

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Klang

One of the most beautiful building in the world. Must visit here and hear the love story. You will admired the arts and design of this building.

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London

Incredibly beautiful. Really worth the visit. Go early in the morning to catch the sunrise and to avoid the unbearable heat of the day.

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New Delhi

get here early! or else it's too hot and there are too many people to enjoy it. the night tour isn't worth it as the pollution is so bad.

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Minneapolis

It is one of the 7 wonders of the world for a reason. It isn't necessary to go before sunrise because they don't open the gates until the sun is up and the line is long. However, get there before 1:00 when the buses from Delhi arrive.

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Bellevue

The must-do in Agra obviously. Have a tour guide booked and be at the gate just before sunrise to be one of the first in. Beat the crowds!

If you are lucky enough to be there on a full moon, take advantage of a rare evening visit!

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Menlo Park

One of the most perfect buildings ever conceived. I would definitely recommend getting here for sunset to watch the white marble change colors as the sun slips from the sky. Plan to spend at least half a day to take it all in. You can make it in a day trip from Delhi, but I would recommend giving yourself a full day.

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Los Angeles

Taj Mahal is beautiful historic full of art decorative , very Indian like many of those there ...

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Amazingly beautiful place which you have to seenfor yourself. You can easily spent hours admiring the beauty. It is part of a big complex, I started from the west gate the Taj itself is in the northern part of the complex. Different ticket price for tourist and local and also the entry line that goes with it. Bring as little thing as possible, as there're bag checks and the place is also prone to pickpockets. It is closed on Friday for prayers at the mosque adjacent to the Taj.

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San Francisco

Surreal is a good word to describe my experience there. My expectation was high from those photos I've seen and stories I've heard, and I had enough time (4-hour drive from Delhi) to prepare and manage my expectation. As soon as we were in Agra and saw Taj Mahal from distance, it looked like Disneyland. But once I was on the ground and saw it through the Great Gate, it was beautiful. It's not just an architecture. Not just a historical monument. Not just a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's of larger-than-life destination and experience.

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Scottsdale

No way to do the Taj Mahal justice with either photo or description...it was astounding and those who visit will count themselves blessed (I know I did)! Definitely an absolute must!

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Dallas

The Taj Mahal is a sight unlike any other. No words can accurately describe it. I was fortunate enough to go there on my trip to India in 2009 and the extra day it took to get there was well worth the journey. Once I passed through the outer gate, I caught my first glimpse of the Taj. The temple appeared to be shrouded in a mist. Once I crossed over the threshold, the sight took my breath away. The temple is not an object. It's an experience. One can literally feel the love that drove the construction of this great monument radiating from every corner.

"Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passion of an emperor's love wrought in living stones." - Sir Edwin Arnold.

And although you are surrounded by hundreds of other visitors, strangely there's an air of peace. Reverence for the deceased perhaps. The story goes that Shah Jahan, born Prince Khurram, fell in love at first sight with Arjumand Banu Begum, a Muslim Persian princess, back in 1607. She was 15 and he was 14. Immediately declaring his love for her to his father, he was finally able to take her as his own five years later. In 1628 Jahan became Emperor and though he had other wives, Arjumand Banu donned the royal seal and was titled Mumtaz Mahal, the "Jewel of the Palace." But in 1631 she died while giving birth to their 14th child.

Jahan was heartbroken and he ordered the court into two years of mourning. After her death, he had this mausoleum erected in her honor. The Taj Mahal took 22 years and 22,000 men to build. Upon his death in 1666, he was laid to rest by her side. Almost 400 years later, the Taj is still considered one of the most stunning man-made monuments in the world.

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Haapajärvi

Amazing. Do not miss! Go early in the morning, just before sunrise. You get great photos, it's not too hot outside and bigger tourist masses from Delhi haven't yet arrived!

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Anchorage

Simply the most exquisitely beautiful building in India, perhaps the whole world. I had high expectations and they were surpassed. Go at dawn and bring your camera--truly an awesome sight and experience. Spend a few hours there, go back if you need to.

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Portland

I spent a few days in Agra last autumn on a research trip and visited all the sites. The Taj is easy to spot from much of the town, and what I soon realized was that it was really hard to keep my eyes off of it every time it was in view.

This building was built by Mughal Emporer Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz, who died in childbirth. Every year, he would hold an annual Urs, or festival honoring her death, which would attract tens of thousands of pilgrims. Then, Mumtaz's and the Shah Jahan's son took over the empire, imprisioning his father in Agra Fort until his death. According to a legend that is believed to have been propogated by a French traveller who visited Agra in the 19th century, Shah Jahan was planning to build a mirror-image version of the Taj in black marble on the other side of the Yamuna, where Mehtab Bagh is today. However, there are no records of this.

The best time to visit is right at sunrise when the temperatures are low and the crowds few. You can also sign up for a special evening visit during the five days around the full moon, although you have to remain on the viewing platform and aren't allowed to go inside the mausoleum during this time. Bring as few things as you can--they have a long list of prohibited items, which includes everything from cigarettes to chewing gum. Oh, and the audioguides are totally worth the 100 Rs or whatever that they cost...there's little historic information posted here and the audioguide is filled with interesting insights and stories told in a modern and relatively un-cheesy way!

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Aliases: tajmahal, تاج محل‎ , ताज महल

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