The Tomb of Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan fifth Mughal ruler, in the memory of his beloved Queen Arjumand Bano Begum entitled Mumtaz-uz-Zamani or Mumtaz Mahal. Mumtaz Mahal died at Burhanpur (Madhya Pradesh) on 17th June AD 1631, while delivering 14th child. Her mortal remains temporarily buried in the Jainabad garden, until these were shifted from Burhanpur to Agra. The majestic well proportionate mausoleum and other structural elements of Taj Mahal complex were built in a long time span of 17 years from 1631A.D. to 1648 A.D. as per the literary, epigraphic and archaeological evidences. Later mortal remains of Shah Jahan also buried by the side of her deceased wife in 1666 A.D.
As per contemporary chronicles constructions took place under the supervision of Makarmat Khan and Mir Abdul Karim and the dome was built by Ismail Khan of Turkey. Abdul-haq of Shiraz entitled Amant Khan was the main calligrapher. Ustad Ahmad is also reported to have been connected with the construction of Taj Mahal.
The monument was declared protected in 1920 under the provisions of Ancient Monuments Preservation Act, 1904 and subsequently governed by the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 & Rules 1959. The Taj Mahal is declared as a World Heritage Property by UNESCO in 1983.
The main tomb of the Taj is basically square with chamfered corners. The minarets here are detached, facing the chamfered angles (corners) of the main tomb on the main plinth. Red sandstone mosque on the western, and Mehman-Khana on the eastern side of the tomb provides aesthetically a clear colour contrast.
Open from: Sunrise to Sunset (Friday Closed)
Friday closed, open for offering prayer in the mosque between 12 Noon to 2 P.M.
Night viewing on Full Moon Day and two days before and after it, excluding Fridays and in the month of Ramzan
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Citizens of India and visitors of SAARC (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives and Afghanistan) and BIMSTEC Countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar) – Rs. 10 per head.
Rs. 250/- per head (ASI);
Rs. 500/- per head as Toll Tax (Agra Development Authority)
Rs. 500/- ticket of ADA is valid for the monuments of Agra Fort, Itimadi-ud-daula, Akbar’s Tomb, Sikandara and Fatehpur Sikri
(children up to 15 years free)