Address: Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001
Nearest railway/metro stations: 4.7 Kms from Agra Cantt Railway Station
Nearest airport: Agra Airport
Best time for visit: Cooler month like october to march is generally considered a best time to visit taj mahal
Place category: This is a historical place, best to visit with family and with your love ones
Entry Pass/Fees: Foreign tourist - INR 750 per person Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries - INR 510 per person Domestic/Indian - INR 20 per person
Duration for visit: 3-4 Hours
The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble 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 1628–1658), to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb is the centrepiece of a 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 (US$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". Described by the Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, as "the tear-drop on the cheek of time", 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. In 2007, it was declared a winner of the New7Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative.