Tour to The Taj Mahal in India

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The official one of the 7 wonders of the world "The Taj Mahal" is situated in Agra, India. Agra is a historic town in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This immense mausoleum was built on the orders of Shah Jahan, the fifth Muslim Mughal emperor, to honor the memory of his beloved late wife. Built out of white marble and standing in formally laid-out walled gardens, the Taj Mahal is regarded as the most perfect jewel of Muslim art in India. The emperor was consequently jailed and, it is said, could then only see the Taj Mahal out of his small cell window.

The Taj Mahal attracts from 2 to 4 million visitors annually, with more than 200,000 from overseas. Most tourists visit in the cold months of October, November and February. Polluting traffic is not allowed near the complex and tourists must either walk from parking lots or catch an electric bus. The grounds are open from 6 am to 7 pm weekdays, except for Friday when the complex is open for prayers at the mosque between 12 pm and 2 pm. The complex is open for night viewing on the day of the full moon and two days before and after, excluding Fridays and the month of Ramzan. For security reasons only following five items are allowed inside The Taj Mahal — water in transparent bottles, small video cameras, still cameras, mobile phones and small ladies' purses.

Climate of Agra

The climate of Agra is extreme and tropical. Summers in Agra are extremely hot and the maximum temperature can be as high as 45 degree Celsius, while winters are cold and foggy. Heavy rains and high humidity mark the monsoon season. Agra travel & Taj Mahal travel is nice throughout the year, but one must avoid the extreme hot summers (April-June) and rainy season (July-Sept). The most suitable time to visit The Taj Mahal is in winters.

How to reach The Taj Mahal?

Agra itself has a domestic airport with very few services. Best would be to reach Delhi by flight or by train and then tour to Taj Mahal. From Delhi you can plan a trip of same day back either by a hired taxi, luxury coach or even good express train (called Shatabdi express). Agra is 200 km from Delhi. My suggestion is to keep Delhi as a headquarter, unless you want to spend more time or even a night there.


James Madison May 13, 2010 at 1:52 AM  

WOW Taj Mahal... it looks so beautiful and romantic. I have never been there but after reading your post I want to be there asap.

Bonnie May 13, 2010 at 11:50 PM  

World Holiday Tours and Travel is great!
The Taj Mahal is one of my dream destinations.

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