Taj Mahal Timings, Entry Fee, Changes and Updates

There may be several questions and doubts in your mind regarding Taj Mahal timings and entry fee updates when you decide planning a trip to the Taj Mahal. You are left in the lurch with such questions as to when should you visit the Taj Mahal, What is the best time to visit?

In this blog, I will try to put forth the updated information regarding the Taj Mahal Agra which can be beneficial to you in designing your Taj Mahal Tour. As the Taj Mahal is one of the most photogenic buildings in the world. I would like to focus on giving the best tips for Taj Mahal timings and entry fee updates. You also get to know about taking worth visit pictures according to the best time and season.

What is the best season to visit the Taj Mahal?

There are no fixed Taj Mahal timings that can suit your Taj Mahal travel. This is because of the preference of time changes according to the month of your visit. Generally, the monsoon month of July and August are cloudy and the inclement weather prevails sometimes incessant rains prevail and the winter months of December and January remain a bit hazy, thus you should avoid planning sunrise Taj Mahal Tour.

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Winter Season Taj Mahal timings-

During the month of December and January, you are suggested to visit the Taj Mahal after 8:00 A.M in the morning and in the evening you should plan entering latest by 4 P.M. The time between 9 A.M to 3 P.M is highly recommended when you can find the best view of the Taj Mahal with proper sunlight.

What are the Taj Mahal timings in the Summer Season?

In the extreme summer season during the months of May & June, you should try to reach the Taj Mahal as early as possible as the mercury rises up to 47 degrees Celsius sometimes during the midday. Thus sunrise Taj Mahal visit can prove a better option. In case it does not suit your schedule you can plan late evening tour of the Taj Mahal by the sunset. If you have the only option to visit the Tajmahal by midday don’t forget to carry sunscreen (at least 35 PFA) and goggles (UV resistant) to save yourself from the very harsh sun.

Is it worth visiting the Taj Mahal in the Monsoon Season?

During the monsoon period, you have to be very cautious and should have a few hours extra in hand while designing the Taj Mahal Trip. It is uncertain how many hours it is going to rain and when and where? Whenever you find clear weather, freak out from the hotel with a proper monsoon gear comprising of umbrella and raincoat.

Delhi and Agra Monuments going to be Closed

According to sources due to the widespread outbreak of Corona virus on a global level , india is taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus . A major decisions in this process is shutting down historical monuments in Delhi including the red fort , humayuns tomb , jantar mantar , Qutub Minar .

Even the iconic Taj Mahal is going to be closed till 31st of March , the period may be extended if deemed necessary .
This decision taken by the government is commendable and it’s going to keep the outbreak under a controlled level .
Some religious sanctuaries are taking steps to create a clean and contamination free environment as well.
Some religious shrines are taking steps to create a clean and contamination free environment as well all over India

Taj Mahal timings & entry fee updates

All the monuments of Agra whether the World Heritage Monument or the notified and ticketed monuments under A.S.I (Archaeological Survey of India) open at the time of sunrise except the Taj Mahal where the ticket window opens half an hour before the sunrise but the monument entry is allowed only at sunrise. You can find a useful schedule for the opening of the monuments according to various months.

What is the opening & closure time of the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort?

Months Opening time Closure time
January 6:45 A.M  5:45 P.M
February 6:30 A.M      5:45 P.M
March 6:15 A.M 6:00 P.M
April 6:00 A.M 6:15 P.M
May 5:45 A.M 6:30 P.M
June 5:30 A.M 6:45 P.M
July 5:30 A.M 6:50 P.M
August 5:50 A.M 6:40 P.M
September 6:00 A.M 6:00 P.M
October 6:00 A.M 6:00 P.M
November 6:15 A.M 5:45 P.M
December 6:45 A.M 5:30 P.M

 

All the monuments of Agra remain open 7 weekdays except The Taj Mahal which remains closed on each Friday in a week (closed for intense maintenance schedule).

How can you buy the Taj Mahal tickets?

The entry tickets of the Taj Mahal & Agra fort can be purchased easily either online or at the monuments. The booking windows at the Taj Mahal open half an hour before the opening of the Taj Mahal but at the Agra Fort and other monuments, they open only at the time of sunrise. You can buy the tickets by using plastic money or cash.

There are two entry gates of the Taj Mahal- Eastern and Western with the turn style gates. As you get the entry coin, you use it and the gates open. You are supposed to carry the magnetic coin with you during the entire visit and when you come out you have to use the coin-like in Metro stations of Delhi.

Duration of Taj Mahal Tour

The duration of the TAJ Mahal tour is a maximum of 3 hours and the time is counted from the time of entry. In case you take more time, you have to pay more. In the case of the loss of the magnetic coin, you have to pay a nominal fine. The third Gate of the Taj Mahal-South Gate is used only for the exit.

There is the two-tier ticketing system at the Taj Mahal. One step ticket allows you to visit the Taj Mahal from the gardens only and with the second step ticket you can go inside the tomb/mausoleum.

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Agra monuments entry ticket cost

Monuments  Indian Fee    Foreign national Fee
 Taj Mahal  250 INR 1300 INR  
Agra Fort   50 INR   650  INR  
Baby Taj  30 INR   310 INR  
Sikandra  30 INR   310 INR  
Mehtab Bagh 30 INR 310 INR
Ram Bagh 30 INR 310 INR
Dayal Bagh FREE FREE
Fatehpur Sikri 50 INR 610 INR

                                     

What things not allowed to carry Inside the Taj Mahal?

Often the tourists are left in the lurch what to carry inside the Taj Mahal and what are the things not allowed to carry inside the Taj Mahal. On account of security reasons and to avoid pollution at the Taj Mahal several items and gadgets are not allowed to be carried inside the Taj Mahal premises Here you can find an easy checklist of such articles-

Cigarettes, Matchbox, lighter, chewing gum, candies, chocolates, Dry fruits, Liquor, inflammable, Tripod, Laptop, scissors, Knife, Greeting cards, Flowers, Banners, posters, Flags, Soft Toys, any eatable, any form of Tobacco, Pen diary, Torch, cosmetics, any form of drugs, Drone camera, magazines, newspapers, etc.
Mobile phones and cameras are allowed to be carried.

Distance between Agra Monuments

Top Monuments   Top Monuments  Distance
 Taj Mahal  Agra Fort   3   K.M
 Agra Fort   Baby Taj 2.5 K.M
 Baby Taj   Taj Mahal    5   K.M
 Taj Mahal   Mehtab Bagh    6  K.M
 Mehtab Bagh  Baby Taj 1.5 K.M
 Baby Taj  Sikandra  8 K.M
 Taj Mahal  Sikandra 14 K.M
 Taj Mahal  Fatehpur Sikri 45 K.M
 Agra Fort  Fatehpur Sikri 40 K.M
 Taj Mahal  Radha Swami (Dayal Bagh) 10 K.M
 Agra Fort  Mehtab Bagh  4 K.M

 

Taj Mahal Night Viewing Details

Tourists from far and wide always cherish the desire to see the Taj Mahal in the night. So far the night viewing Taj Mahal viewing is possible only 5 days in a month. The timings of Taj Mahal night viewing is from 8 P.M to 12 P.M on these days. There is a limit to the number of visitors. In one night a maximum of 400 persons is allowed making a group of 50 people in one batch. Each batch is given a time of 30 minutes with all security concerns. You can visit the Taj Mahal from the platform only, not entering the main tomb.

Taj Mahal Night Viewing Ticket cost

For this, you have to apply one day in advance in the office of A.S.I Agra with your identity proof. Then A.S.I issues the tickets which cost 750 I.N.R for the foreigners and 510 INR for the Indians. The moonlight viewing is possible two days prior and two days later to the Full Moon besides the Full moon.

If in these five days any day is Friday, it is not operated on that particular day. Another option for the night viewing is from the platform on the other side of the river Yamuna close to Mehtab Bagh. This also gives you the same privilege for five days. In case you are not able to book the night viewing tickets for the interior visit on account of the pressure of tourists or the time crunch, you can try the other option.

Taj Mahal Night Viewing 2020 Dates

Months (2020-2021 Opening of the Taj Mahal in Night 8 to 12 P.M ) Taj Mahal Moon Light (Viewing Dates)
January 8th, 9th 11th, 12th— 10th
February 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
March 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
April 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
May Not Open (RAMJAN MONTH)
June 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th– 5th
July 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
August 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 31st
September 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 29th, 30th
October 1st, 3rd, 4th, 30th, 31st
November 29th, 30th
December 1st, 2nd, 28th, 29th, 30, 31st

 

Note: May- Being Holy Ramzan Month from 25.4.2020 to 26.5.2020 and Friday each month moonlight viewing of the Taj Mahal is not operational

Kindly check the exact date of full moon night viewing from the A.S.I Website. The distance of the Taj Mahal from Important.

Taj Mahal Distance from the famous tourist destinations of India

Cities / Destinations Distances from Taj Mahal
 Delhi  200 K.M
 Jaipur   230 K.M  
Varanasi  650 K.M
 Mumbai   1200 K.M
Kolkata  1296 K.M
Bengaluru  1925 K.M
Chennai  1960 K.M
 Goa  1800 K.M

 

What are the popular Activities around the Taj Mahal?

As of now, there is an increasing demand for activity tours to feel the pulse of the culture of any region. While you are touring the Taj Mahal and wish to involve yourself in the short activities, you can choose some according to your desire. You can enjoy a heritage walk tour in the old Taj Ganj area.

This area is contemporary to the era of Shahjahan when this market and residential colony came into existence as most of the artisans used to dwell in the surroundings. While walking you get to see many colorful shops brimming with the inlaid marble work. You also get to see the marble inlay work being done in the same old manner using the age-old techniques. You can also visit several other tombs built in the surroundings of the Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal Offbeat Tours

If you have a passion for Yoga, what can be the other best option than to choose a venue in the surroundings of the Taj Mahal for yoga class- may be in the Taj Nature walk or Dussehra ghat. Thus you can rejuvenate yourself for few hours indulging yourself in the Ashtang Yoga session.

If you desire to explore the village culture, go for a cycle tour in the adjoining villages like Dhandupura, Kachhpura, etc and thus enjoy the beauty of the Taj from remote and get soaked in the Indian village life. You get to know how people domesticate animals, how they cook or milk animals. You also get to know about the village schooling or Local Judicial system.

If

You are a theater-loving genre you can book a seat for the cultural show “Mohabbat the Taj” in Kalakriti auditorium and enjoy a 90 minutes Bollywood dance melodrama on the lives of Shahjahan Mumtaj Mahal.

Taj Mahal Virtual Tour

It is a frequently asked question, how much total time it takes for an ideal Taj Mahal tour? Drive from Agra hotel to the Taj Mahal parking takes a maximum of 15-20 minutes to drive from your Agra hotel to the Shilpgram Taj parking. This drive can be only 5 minutes if you are staying at the hotels in close proximity to the Taj Mahal such as Amar Villas or the Taj convention hotel, Hotel Atulya Taj, Hotel Taj Resort, etc.

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Hotel Sheela is just a minute walk from the Tajmahal east gate

5 Minutes Drive By the Golf Cart

As you leave your car in the parking you have few options to reach the Taj Mahal. If you prefer walking it will take a maximum of 10 minutes. In case you want to use the golf cart or the C.N.G. Bus, it will take only 5 minutes.

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You can also have the fun of using a horse cart which would again take 10 minutes.

3 minutes short walk after leaving the golf cart you have to walk for another 3 minutes and you reach the Taj Mahal East Gate where you have to go through the turn style gate and pass through the security frisking.

20 minutes walk with narration now entering the Taj you can enjoy walking through the main gate in the Taj Mahal gardens and enjoy listening to the narration of the live tour guide or the machine guide.

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10 minutes guided narration now you can enjoy another 20 minutes commentary of the tour guide on the architecture of the Taj Mahal and the stories behind it. You also get to know about the Mughal gardens.

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Ascend the steps

As you ascend the steps of the Taj Mahal mausoleum you get the golden opportunity to enjoy watching the artwork of the magnificent filigree and inlay work done using the semi-precious stones in the white marble. The calligraphic work done in the Arabic language would certainly mesmerize you. Thus you spend 25 minutes visiting the interiors of the Taj Mahal and listening to your guide.

Coming Down visit the Taj Museum

Descending the mausoleum you can spend 20 minutes watching the Taj Museum and the Royal Guest House and the Mosque. Remember the Taj Mahal remains closed each Friday in a week and it is open on all National and public holidays. It also remains closed on certain occasions during the visit of the head of States from other countries.

Taj Mahal Travel Tips for 2020

I hope the above blog can prove as a complete Taj Mahal Travel Guide for your 2020 Taj Mahal Agra Holidays and can smoothen your trip with the latest updates about the activities, distances, timings, entry fees, and other information.

Dr Atul Kumar Singh Parmar

Dr Atul is a graduate of R.B.S College Agra after the graduation did his Masters in Arts (English) Later pursued Bachelor of Education and Doctorate in English fro Agra University Agra. He has been been engaged in the tourism trade since 1995 , Worked as Govt Of India approved tour escort till 2011, He is promoter of 10thGate Tours dba S.A.M Tours and Travels. He is an avid traveler and travel writer with expertise in tours and travels, history, literature, architecture, social and political.

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