Top tips for visiting the Taj Mahal
Which gate should I use at the Taj Mahal?
There are three different entry gates to the Taj Mahal, but they all charge the same. The main gate is the West Gate, used mainly by local visitors, and has the longest queue of people during the day. Use this gate during sunrise for fewer crowds.
The East Gate is the closest to the hotels, so can get busy as well. If you have an advance ticket, this will be the best gate to use.
We suggest the South Gate as a quieter option.
What do I need to wear in the Taj Mahal?
Be mindful that shoes are not permitted inside the Taj Mahal to prevent the marble from getting deteriorated, but if you don’t want to go barefoot, shoe covers are provided.
Is there anything I can’t take into the Taj Mahal?
It is important to note that there are a few items that you won’t be able to bring into the Taj Mahal, and there are checkpoints at the gates to enforce this. The list includes large bags, tripods, mobile phone chargers, smoking items, food and drink (except water). If you have these items with you by mistake, lockers are available at the entrance.
Cameras and mobile phones are allowed inside.
How much does it cost to visit the Taj Mahal?
There are different rates for visiting the Taj Mahal, which can be found on the official website. Of course, on one of our tours, entry tickets are already taken care of for you, but if you’re curious about pricing, for foreign visitors, it’s currently INR1,100.00 (around £12). There’s a discounted option for night visitors at INR750.
You can also visit for free if you visit on the morning of Eid or during World Heritage Week. However, it will be busier because of this!
How long does it take to visit the Taj Mahal?
According to the Archaeological Survey of India, which runs the Taj Mahal, the average tourist spends 35 minutes taking pictures, 25 minutes inside the dome and 10 minutes in the mausoleum.