Visitors only hope to see the Taj Mahal once in their lives, but there are many interesting things around this famous mausoleum that you may have missed.
Regarding the Covid situation at the end of 2022, recently there have been COVID cases in China and other countries, one of India’s most popular tourist attractions, the Taj Mahal, has been placed in a state of disrepair. alarm status. This was confirmed by the County Health Information Officer in Agra.
As it is the country’s most popular tourist destination, the Taj Mahal, it receives a large number of foreign visitors. In this winter, Agra is receiving a large number of tourists as it is the tourist season. peak schedule.
There are currently between 500 and 1000 samples being tested daily at various locations, including the testing center at the district hospital, and they are planning to increase the number of samples in case of need.
The Taj Mahal – the most splendid marble mausoleum in the world, over the past 400 years has not stopped making mankind admire and fall in love. If you plan to come here, you should note the following:
Watch the sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Many tourists have the mentality of wanting to rest comfortably, staying up late at night to walk or eat out, sleep in the middle of the morning to wake up. But to the Taj Mahal, the habit of sleeping in will make you miss the magical dawn.
If you look up the hours of operation of the monument, you will find that there is no fixed timetable. The management just stated on the official website that “Taj Mahal opens 30 minutes before sunrise, and closes 30 minutes before sunset”. This means that in the summer, the Taj Mahal can receive guests from 5 am, and in the winter it is around 6 am.
Why is the mausoleum open early while most tourist attractions in the world don’t open until 8-9am? The reason is because the sunrise at the Taj Mahal is so beautiful. Admiring the first rays of the new day, shining on the white jade-like tower of this mausoleum, is an experience that visitors will never forget.
The Taj Mahal welcomes about 8 million visitors a year, and is closed an average of 52 days a year (every Friday), meaning that on a normal day, the building welcomes 25,500 visitors, a large number for any any monument. If you arrive in the middle of the day, chances are high that your photos will only see the shoulders, backs and arms of other people. To squeeze a few seconds to stand in good angles is very difficult. And if you come early, there are no guests, the atmosphere is much more airy and comfortable, there is enough space to enjoy looking around and taking photos of a lifetime.
In addition, the higher the sun rises, the more shade it will cast on your face, making your portraits less perfect than when the sun is slanting, sunny (dawn and sunset). So, just waking up a little early, you will find that the hours at the Taj Mahal are completely worth it.
Visiting the Taj Mahal Mausoleum
The number of visitors to the Taj Mahal is very large, and the Indians have innovated the way tickets are sold when visitors can buy online. Just sitting at home and clicking a few clicks, you can immediately have an e-ticket instead of queuing in front of the ticket counter at the gate of this building. Buy tickets online and get a discount of 50 rupees compared to the ticket price at the counter.
However, when buying tickets online, many tourists misunderstand and ignore the area inside the main mausoleum of the Taj Mahal. On the mausoleum’s official ticketing website, there are two options: “Taj Mahal Only” and “Taj Mahal with Mausoleum”. Many people think that “Taj Mahal only” is the splendid work they still see online, buying this ticket is enough, so they don’t buy any other options, but when they arrive, they discover the “Taj Mahal Only” ticket. Only the main gate of the building’s large garden can be accessed, and a “Taj Mahal with Mausoleum” ticket must be purchased to get inside the actual mausoleum.
The entrance fee to “Taj Mahal Only” for foreigners is 1,100 rupees , an additional 200 rupees to visit the main mausoleum Mausoleum. Each ticket can visit 3 hours. At the entrance there is a code to calculate the time, visitors who go overtime will need to pay an extra fee. Children 15 years and under are free.
Also at the entrance there will be a very thorough security check. Tobacco and all foods are prohibited, even just a piece of candy or a piece of cookie. Therefore, visitors actively eat first or send food before entering the ticket gate.
Check in inside the Mosque and the Great Hall
The Taj Mahal is gorgeous and magnificent, but it’s not allowed for visitors… to take pictures inside the mausoleum! There are many warning signs and there are often security staff standing there to remind visitors not to take pictures inside, even pulling out their phones can be warned (Taj Mahal asks visitors to turn off their phones). or set to silent mode). Visitors are also not allowed to bring drones, tripods, camcorders, battery chargers, etc. into the monument.
The truth is that inside the main mausoleum (Mausoleum) is quite narrow and dark, people coming and going are always crowded and crowded, there are no seats, few standing places, so even if you are allowed, it is difficult for you to take pictures. pretty. Instead, after visiting the main mausoleum, take time to visit the two auxiliary structures built symmetrically on either side of the main mausoleum – the Mosque and the Great Hall. These two buildings are as splendid as the main mausoleum, but not the resting place of the king and queen, not built of marble, not mentioned in the media as much as the main mausoleum, so tourists are few. pay attention to.
The fact is that both the Cathedral and the Hall are built of red sandstone, a common material in India. The fresh and vibrant colors of red sandstone bring a dazzling and fiery beauty to this work, even though they are only an “auxiliary” part of the white marble mausoleum. Inside the two buildings, you will see the talent of the master craftsmen in India inlaid on the walls, columns, domes… forming “works of art”. And importantly, people are not forbidden to take pictures like in the main mausoleum, so you can comfortably stop to rest, sit and watch this wonderful work, and check in at any corner you want.
View of the Yamuna River
The Taj Mahal reflected on the peaceful Yamuna River is a scene that seems like only in a fairy tale. Many large and small projects in the world are built in the middle of the main building, surrounded by gardens and auxiliary buildings. But the Taj Mahal was built quite special, the main mausoleum is located in the farthest corner of the garden, right on the edge of the Yamuna River. If you spend time walking around the mausoleum, you will find that there are stone benches scattered about for visitors to stop and enjoy the view.
On the other side of the river, just a few hundred meters from the Taj Mahal is Mehtab Bagh – which was built by Emperor Babur as “a amusement garden in the moonlight” (Mehtab Bagh means “moonlight garden”). ). Today it becomes the best place to view the Taj Mahal from the other side of the Yamuna River. To enter the main gate of Mehtab Bagh, you just need to get on a tuk tuk for a few kilometers, buy a ticket of 250 rupees to comfortably roam in the garden and see the Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal is located about 220 km from the capital New Delhi, if you take the train it only takes two hours and 560 rupees for the ticket in the air-conditioned sleeper car, and the seat car is less than 350 rupees.
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