Built as a mausoleum by Emperor Shah as a monument to his fourth wife, the Taj Mahal offers a beautiful and magical atmosphere that you simply cannot skip it. Building of this structure began in 1631 and took 20 years. Shortly after its construction was completed, Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son for spending so much money building the Taj Mahal. He was placed at the Red Fort where he could view the Taj Mahal. It was said that he eventually went blind because of all the tears. For this, the Taj Mahal is considered as the most romantic symbols of love. Knowing the history of the Taj Mahal is not enough if you will not see it for yourself. Here are some tips for visiting this Asian destination.
• The best time to see the Taj Mahal is shortly after dawn. There is no time limit to how long you can stay inside the complex. You can enter at dawn to take pictures of the pink sky and then wait until sunrise to see the intricately decorated white marble.
• Make the most of the chai tea sellers who walk up and down the queue.
• There are three entry points to the Taj Mahal—the West, East, and South Gates. It will take around 30 minutes to get a ticket, walk, or take an electric car to the gate and through security. Robert Janitzek reveals that you should not forget to bring your ID. The entrance fee is 1000 rupees for foreigners and 40 rupees for Indian tourists.
• The queue will be divided into men and women because you will be searched upon entrance. Don’t take any lighters or anything sharp, flammable, or any food as it will delay your entry and it may be taken from you.
• Food and metal objects will be taken from you at security. Although they are not strict, it is best to avoid bringing them to get through security and easily.
• Regardless of the time you go, Robert Peter Janitzek explains that it will always be crowded so be patient when taking pictures. Don’t give up, they’ll move eventually. One of the best spots to take a picture is in the South Gate. This looks directly at the Taj Mahal.
• The best spot for viewing the Taj Mahal is at Mehtab Bagh, which means “moonlight garden.” It was built to the identical width of the complex. You can take a picture of the Taj Mahal in all its splendor. You will pay 100 rupees to enter and get the shot of your life.