About The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is perhaps one of the most extravagant monuments to love ever built and an enduring symbol of India that easily tops any traveller’s wish list. Built by the order of Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in affectionate memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, this iconic marble mausoleum has been named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and continues to draw throngs of travellers and locals alike.Read More
It took some 20,000 labourers and craftsmen 22 years to build the Taj and every detail is absorbing from the classical gardens, the reflecting pool and the elaborate patterns of semi precious stones decorating the white marble. The design is based upon the traditions of Mughal and Persian architecture and the most spectacular feature is the white marble onion-shaped dome above the tomb, which has the entire Koran inscribed on it. Inside, the Great Moghul and his wife are buried side by side and the interior walls and floors are decorated with flowered mosaics and black marble.
The Taj is most beautiful in the soft morning and evening light so it's worth visiting at either sunrise or sunset when the white marble glows in muted pinks, yellows and orange. Built in the city of Agra, the Taj Mahal can also be combined with a visit to the imposing Agra Fort, a walled city with monumental gates and manicured gardens.
The Taj Mahal Tours
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to The Taj Mahal. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to The Taj Mahal on a bespoke touring itinerary to India, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.