Discover the amazing Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is undoubtedly one of the world's most famous - and most beautiful - buildings. Built between 1631 and 1648, is has truly stood the test of time and remains one of the best preserved tombs in the world. No visit to Inida would be compete without a visit to the Taj.
How to get there
The Taj Mahal is located in Agra, a busy city in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, about 200km from Delhi. It is well connected by road and bus routes to all major Indian cities, but probably the easiest way to get there is by train. Agra is situated on the main train line between the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai, and there are up to 20 trains a day from Delhi.
When to go
The best time of year to visit the Taj Mahal is from October to June, as the summer months can be blistering hot.
Where to stay
Luxury: The Oberoi Amarvilas is consistently ranked as one of the top ten hotels in Asia. Unsurprisingly, it's also the most expensive hotel in the city.
Mid Range: Laurie's Hotel is a colonial hotel from the British era, complete with high ceilings, manicured lawns and morning tea.
Budget: Saniya Palace is a clean, friendly option featuring a roof top restaurant with impressive views of the Taj Mahal.
What else to see in Agra
There's more to Agra than the Taj Mahal. The Adlabs multiplex is the world's first interactive cinema, while Agra Fort is a sixteenth century masterpiece.
Things to bear in mind
Guests should be aware that there are a few rules and restrictions when visiting the Taj Mahal.
- Mobile phones must be switched off
- The Taj Mahal is a religious site, so dress conservatively (shoulders and knees covered)
- Avoid touching the walls or surfaces of the monument
- Eating and smoking is prohibited
- Photographs and filming is not allowed inside the main mausoleum