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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Delhi-Agra: One DAY Trip to Taj Mahal & Agra Fort


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If you are in Delhi, you can make "One day trip to Taj Mahal and Agra Fort". You may leave New Delhi in the morning at 6-7 am and return back on the same day at 3-4 pm. Entry ticket for foreigners (except SAARC countries) is Rs.1100 and Rs. 500 per head for Taj Mahal and Agra Fort respectively. Friday the Taj is close.

The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble Islamic mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (reigned from 1628 to 1658) to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal; it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. The tomb is the centrepiece of a 17-hectare (42-acre) complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall.

Construction of the mausoleum was essentially completed in 1643, but work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees, which in 2015 would be approximately 52.8 billion rupees (U.S. $827 million). The construction project employed some 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects led by the court architect to the emperor, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. 

The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage". It is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India's rich history. The Taj Mahal attracts 7–8 million visitors a year, and in 2007, it was declared a winner of the New7Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative.

Visiting Hours 
Timing and Ticket Price to Visit the Taj Mahal in Agra, India

(Taj Mahal opens 30 Minutes before sunrise and closes 30 Minutes before sunset during normal operating days)

Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays for general viewing. Other days it is always open.>

Ticket Outlets(Buying Taj Mahal Ticket from Entry Gate Ticket Counter)

●Taj Mahal Western Gate :- Tickets are available on Western Gate near Saheli Burj. (Timing-One Hour before Sunrise upto 45 Minutes before Sunset).

●Taj Mahal Eastern Gate :- Tickets are available at Eastern Gate of Taj Mahal. (Timing-One Hour before Sunrise upto 45 Minutes before Sunset).

●Taj Mahal Southern Gate :- No Entry from this gate at Present only Exit is allowed.

There are separate queues for Foreign tourists and Domestic tourists to enter to Taj and signs will direct you accordingly.

Entry Fee

1. Foreign tourist 1100/- + 200/- Additional for visiting main mausoleum (Optional)

2. Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries 540/- + 200/- Additional for visiting main mausoleum (Optional)

3. Domestic/Indian/OCI Cardholder 50/- + 200/- Additional for visiting main mausoleum (Optional)

Note-

-Tourists buying tickets online will get discount of Rs.5/- for per Indian ticket & Rs. 50/- for per Foreigner ticket.
-No Entry fee for children below the age of 15 years. (both Domestic and Foreigner).
-Additional Rs.200/- will be charged if one wants to visit main mausoleum

Buying a Taj Mahal Ticket Online

Official Website asi.payumoney.com & www.asiagracircle.in offers information and ticketing service for Taj Mahal tickets. Both foreign and domestic visitors may use the e-ticket booking for the ASI Taj Mahal and other monuments.

Visiting Hours 
Timing and Ticket Price to Visit Agra Fort in Agra, India

Open : Sunrise to sunset.

Distance about: 5.5 Kms from Agra Cantt Railway Station.

Entry fee at Agra Fort
S.No. Tourist Type Amount (Rs.) (Inclusive of ASI & ADA fees )
1. Foreign Tourist Rs. 650/- Friday - Rs. 600/-
2. Domestic/Indian Tourist Rs. 50/- Friday - Rs. 40/-

Note-
Please keep your ID with you.
No Entry fee for children below the age of 15 years.

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