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Updated on June 8, 2012

Taj Mahal : a symbol of love

One of the seven wonder’s of the world and the World Heritage site as declared by UNESCO, The Taj Mahal at Agra, India, is a sight to behold with its distinctive Mughal architecture. This marble edifice is an ode of love built by an emperor for his beloved queen.

Thousands of visitors have it on their itinerary whether nationally or internationally to see for themselves this beautiful mausoleum at least once in their lifetime. The tale of undying love draws visitors’ year around, whether they be plebeian or state dignitaries.

I guess no love story can compare with the story of Emperor Shah Jahan’s tryst for 22 years to build a monument that could eternalize the memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal for posterity.

About The Taj Mahal :

Situated on the banks of the Yamuna River, the Taj Mahal was built in the distinctive mughal style. The Taj Mahal is made up of white marble and consists of a symmetrical building resting on a square platform with an arch shaped doorway and a large dome on top. The Tomb lies within this structure. Four minarets frame the Tomb. It is said that Gold and semi- precious stones adorned the exterior structure of the Taj Mahal and were a sight to behold making the Taj Mahal shine in all its beauty and glory. The materials used for construction were sourced from all over India and Asia, whether it be the white marble or the jade and sapphire that was used to adorn the monument. However presently what remains are the carvings and calligraphy.

Catch hold of the guides when you visit The Taj Mahal, they can be hired and they will narrate to you the stories and the History of this monument. The Taj Mahal is set around a large Mughal garden and the reflecting pool that reflects the image of this mausoleum. This white marble edifice amidst greenery is a perfect soothing vision for any eye, irrespective of the time and season.

Visiting Time:

Weather wise, it is pleasant to visit The Taj Mahal during winter and spring. The Taj Mahal is open to visitors all days except for Fridays between 6 AM to 7 PM(the timing change with season).

The monument is open for night viewing on the day of the full moon and two days before and after.Tickets for nighttime viewing are available 24 hours i. e. a day prior to Night Viewing. Night viewing starts from 20:30 hrs. to 00.30 hrs. in 8 batches of max. 50 people each. The time duration for each batch is half an hour.

According to Archaeological Survey of India, at Tajmahal, following are the dates in 2011 and 2012 for night time viewing during full moon. Visits can be planned 2 days before and up to two days after these dates every month.


Dates for Night time Viewing of the TajMahal during full Moon :

DATES OF FULL MOON NIGHTS ENTRY

Months   2011   2012

January      19      08

February    17      07

March        19      07

April          17       06

May           16       05

June          15       03

July             14      03

August         13      1/30

September   11      29

October       11      29

November    10      27

December    10      27

TICKETS for night time viewing (In Rupees)

Indian (Adult) 510/-

Indian (Child 3 -15 years) 500/-

Indian (Child below 3 years) 0/-

Foreigner (Adult) 750/-

Foreigner (Child 3 -15 years) 500/-

Foreigner (Child below 3 years) 0/-

Note: Above dates of full moon are based on Astrological calculations which are likely to vary sometimes. Tourists must reach at Shilpgram (near Eastern gate of Taj Mahal) half an hour before the scheduled time mentioned on their tickets for securitycheck. (source : Archaeological Survey of India, ticket window at TajMahal, Agra)

So go ahead ...... and visit this crown of buildings in Agra and try to visualize it in its olden glory. A perfect place to reawaken the endearing spirit of love crossing the boundaries of time.

 

A bird sitting on the dome of TAJMHAL during VENUS TRANSIT on 06th june'12
A bird sitting on the dome of TAJMHAL during VENUS TRANSIT on 06th june'12
Tajmahal view across yamuna river
Tajmahal view across yamuna river
tajmahal in night
tajmahal in night
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      ravinderkapil 6 years ago from Agra, India

      It is becoming hotter day by day in Agra. So choose early mornings or evenings to visit TAJ MAHAL, as marble heats up faster and you may feel uncomfortable and dehydrated. Dates for moonlight viewing are between april 15th to 19th,2011.

      April 17th,11 is full moon view. So plan and enjoy the magnificent view of TAJ MAHAL.

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      ravinderkapil 6 years ago from Agra, India

      Today it rains in agra. Viewing TAJMAHAL in full moon Night will be on June 15th'2011(+/- 2 days. After rains, it will be worth watching. So enjoy .......

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      jenros 5 years ago

      when is the best time to visit Taj Mahal this september. some calendar says sept12 is fullmoon night... while on this page it's sept11. please advise

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      ravinderkapil 5 years ago from Agra, India

      Dear Jenros,

      these are the dates given by "TAJMAHAL BOOKING COUNTER".

      THEY ARE BOOKING TICKETS for THESE DATES ONLY. you can visit TAJMAHAL BY NIGHT from Sept 9th'11 to sept13'11 (+/- 2 days). In fact these are the best months to visit Agra and taj, as these days weather is excellent to see the places not much rainy, no fog and not so hot as it was in summer.

      thanx

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      ravinderkapil 5 years ago from Agra, India

      Night viewing will be difficult these days due to heavy fog in AGRA.....

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      ravinderkapil 5 years ago from Agra, India

      TAJ MAHOTSWA "a handicraft fair organised at SHILPGRAM near TAJ MAHAL" dates has been changed from feb to march 18th to 25th, 2012, excelent opportunity to visit TAJ MAHAL and see Handicrafts of INDIA.

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      Jayashree 5 years ago

      We are visiting Taj Mahal on Feb 9th. We want to get a night view of Taj, I have all information. Would like to ask you if night viewing of Taj these days will be worth watching? How are the weather conditions there, can we get the best view?

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      ravinderkapil 5 years ago from Agra, India

      dear Jayshree,

      Ihope you had a wonderful trip and veiwing of TAJMAHAL by NIGHT. The dates were from Feb 5th to 9th'12. these days weather is excelent.

      Next viewing will be in March 5th to 9th'12. But remember feb 28th is STATE ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS in AGRA, so it will be difficult to visit TAJMAHAL due to vahicle restrictions.

      March 8th is HOLI ( A FESTIVAL OF COLOURS), widely celebrated in North India and most famous is HOLI OF VRINDAVAN and MATHURA.Again thse days can be avoided for visit to TAJMAHAL. but must watch is holi of vrindavan.

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      ravinderkapil 5 years ago from Agra, India

      FEB28th' 2012 is U.P. State Assembly Election voting in AGRA. so viewing of TAJMAHAL will be DIFFICULT on this day due to restrictions of outside vehicle movement in the town. so please AVOID THIS DATE.

      also March 8th'12 is HOLI( A FESTIVAL OF COLOURS) being celebrated all over INDIA. again this day visit to TAJMAHAL will be difficult. rather celebrate HOLI IN VRINDAVAN AND MATHURA with LORD KRISHNA at BANKEY BIHARI TAMPLE.

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      ravinderkapil 5 years ago from Agra, India

      HOLI CELEBRATIONS IN VRINDAVAN AND MATHURA with LORD KRISHNA at BANKEY BIHARI TAMPLE was a memorable experience. But in Agra its getting hotter during the afternoon, so it is better to visit TAJMAHAL in Morning time before 9 AM.it is best time to view "TAJMAHAL BY NIGHT" as sky is clear and not so cold during night time.

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      ravinderkapil 5 years ago from Agra, India

      new upcoming delhi agra yamuna expressway will be exellant way to travel to visit taj mahal

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      ravinderkapil 4 years ago from Agra, India

      Its a rainy season in Agra. Humid but not so hot. Perfact time to relax and enjoy in TAJMAHAL lawns.

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      ravinderkapil 4 years ago from Agra, India

      excellant weather in agra to visit TAJMAHAL

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      ravinderkapil 4 years ago from Agra, India

      After opening of Delhi - Noida- Agra Yamuna Expressway, visiting TAJMAHAL has become a better experience. its Time saving and hassle free.

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      ravinderkapil 4 years ago from Agra, India

      Dates for full moon viewing of TAJMAHAL are jan 27th'2013, feb 25th'2013 and march 27th'2013 (+/- 2 days) in coming months. weather is excellent these days. Right time to view the Symbol of love.

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      ravinderkapil 4 years ago from Agra, India

      The forthcoming full moon dates of the years from 2013 to 2014 is given below. The day of full moon may subject to minor variation.

      Month 2013- 2014

      January - 16th

      February - 14th

      March - 16th

      April 25th -

      May 25th -

      June 23th -

      July -

      August 21st -

      September 19th -

      October 18th -

      November 17th -

      December 17th -

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      ravinderkapil 4 years ago from Agra, India

      It is very hot these days. So visit TAJMAHAL early in morning. Feel the fresh air in Tajmahal garden and nice to walk on cold marble floor of TAJMAHAL.

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      ravinderkapil 3 years ago from Agra, India

      Monsoon approaching. Now not so hot but humid weather. Still it is better to visit Tajmahal early morning

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