One of the most iconic sights of India, a UNESCO world heritage sight and one of the 7 Wonders of the World – The Taj Mahal. A symbol of love which attracts millions of tourists from India and around the world every year. A perfect day trip from the Capital – New Delhi. Lets discover Taj Mahal – Day trip from Delhi. 

Taj Mahal - Day trip from Delhi. 
Taj Mahal – Day trip from Delhi.
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Can you visit the Taj Mahal on a Day trip from Delhi.

Yes, this is achievable if you are in the Capital, New Delhi and want to visit the Taj Mahal in a day. I have put together some tips from our recent trip which might help you plan your visit to the Taj Mahal – Day trip from Delhi. The most popular way to travel is by train from New Delhi station to Agra . However this means travelling to the busy stations in the Delhi traffic. Fixed timings and less flexibility. We decided to hire a car and travel to Agra.

Taj Mahal - Day Trip from Delhi
Taj Mahal – Day trip from Delhi

Things to know about The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is located in the city of Agra – One of India’s most populous cities of India. If you travel by road Agra is roughly 250 kms from the Capital city of Delhi. It is still visited by millions of people from India and across the world everyday so plan accordingly. It can get very busy so plan accordingly. I kept telling my wife that there is a wow moment when you first cast your eyes on this beauty and even on my third visit I was astonished.

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History of Taj Mahal – Day trip from Delhi.

The Taj Mahal was built between 1631 and 1648 by over 20 thousand workers. It was built under the instructions of the Emperor Shah Jahan, a tomb of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan were married for over 19 years and bore 13 children.

History says that they had a deep and everlasting love, and were best friends. In fact, she was one of his closest advisors in all of his royal affairs, and often traveled with him. When Mumtaz died at childbirth, Shah Jahan was completely devastated and built this in her honour and love.

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Tomb of Noor Jahan.

It is built from white marble brought to the site from Makrana over 300 km away in Rajasthan. It is elegantly decorated with floral decorations and bands of black marble with Arabic calligraphy. The main tombs were decorated with precious stones and gems and the finest craftsmanship. Artists and calligraphers were invited from as far as Syria and Iran to work on this monument, which stands till date as an architectural splendour.

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Taj Mahal - Day trip from Delhi.
Calligraphy on the Taj Mahal

How to get to the Taj Mahal – Day trip from Delhi.

How can i go to Taj Mahal from delhi? The Taj Mahal is easily accessible by car, bus, train or air plane. There are regular trains throughout the day from Delhi and Jaipur but depending on the train you chose it could be anything from 2 to 5 hrs. Book in advance for best rates.

The fastest way to get to the Taj mahal from Delhi is by road using the Taj Expressway from Delhi.

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Taj Expressway Delhi to Agra

By Road – Once you escape the mad traffic of Delhi which took us approximately 1 hour you hit this lovely modern expressway. A 2 hour drive on the Expressway and you are 2 kms away from the Taj Mahal. The Taj Expressway is a 5 lane patrolled well managed road with plenty of services to refresh yourself. I was highly impressed with this and would recommend this to anyone looking to visit the Taj Mahal.

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First view of the Taj Mahal.

Best time to Visit the Taj Mahal

The best time to visit the Taj Mahal is from October to March to avoid the unbearable heat of the summer. However you need to keep in mind you might get heavy smog during the winter months which may not present the perfect views of the monument. December is the peak tourism season – both domestic and internationally. Avoid visiting on weekends and during the peak season. Best time would be to visit early or late afternoon as we did.

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thetrraveller Taj Mahal

The Most popular time to visit the Taj Mahal is at sunrise, sunset and during the full moon. It is said that the marble of the Taj shows off its beauty as the light reflects in different angles though the day and each view is spectacular.  

Vist the Taj Mahal at full moon.

Full moon night views are usually two days before and after the full moon and tickets need to be booked in advance.

Timings of the Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal is open all year round from sunrise to sunset, excluding Fridays. You might get delays or partial closures when official visits from celebrities and state dignitaries are planned.

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Taj Mahal during- Sunset.

How much does it cost to visit the Taj Mahal?

Entry Charges for Taj Mahal -: There are different charges for locals and foreign tourists. Foreigners: INR 1000 / Domestic/Indians: INR 40.

Advantages of buying a foreign tourist ticket at Taj Mahal- This means that you can enter in a separate foreigner lines, which move much faster. It also gets you a free ride from the parking lot to the main entrance on an electric golf buggy and a bottle of water. A free shoe cover unless you want to walk the marble bare feet – You are not allowed to wear your shoes close to the monument.

Should you take a Guide at the Taj Mahal?

You don’t have to hire a guide but there are advantages of hiring one. But make sure you choose an official one. We went with the option of a guide and I must say I was really happy I did. Our guide arranged to purchase our tickets, brief us about the do’s and don’t’s whilst at the Taj and Agra and some very interesting stories about the construction and the history of the TajMahal. From tips on the best photo spots to helping us avoid the long queues inside the mausoleum, it is something I would highly recommend  specially if you don’t live in India and are visiting.

You don’t NEED a guide to see the Taj Mahal but I wouldn’t go without one after experiencing all the help provided. It helped us spend our time where it was required rather then in the long queues or negotiating with the various vendors.

How much time do you need to see the Taj Mahal?

It is tough to say how long you could spend there. For some a whole day is not enough but we managed to see most of the monument in a relaxed manner, not rushed in 2 hrs. Thanks to our guide. If you don’t hire a guide you will need more time. A very relaxed and fulfilling tour of the Taj Mahal and it was time to say are adieu to this beauty.

Taj Mahal - Day trip from Delhi.
Taj Mahal

Refreshing stop at Oberoi Amarvilas

A refreshing break at the Oberoi Amarvilas before our drive back to the Capital. The Oberoi Amarvilas is a luxury 5 star hotel and is part of The Leading Hotels of the World.

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Oberoi Amarvilas Agra
Lawns of Amarvilas – Taj Mahal – Day trip from Delhi.

The hotel is a stone throw away from the Taj Mahal and has hosted some of the most famous celebrities and leaders from around the World. It is a beautiful property and the most popular part of the hotel is the balcony view from its rooms which over look the Taj Mahal. The hotel is known for unparalleled service and helpful staff.

If you plan to spend the night in Agra then I would suggest this property (but it’s going to pinch your pocket) so check before you jump.

Some fine Darjeeling tea and cakes and we were back on the road on our way to Delhi.

Taj Mahal – Day trip from Delhi Cost

  • Total cost of the trip ( 2019) – INR 15,000 which included (transportation by private car chauffeur / Entry tickets / snacks and refreshments on route / high tea at the Oberoi). 2 adults and 2 kids.
  • Time spent – 10 hrs.
  • Experience – Unforgettable. 

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Taj Mahal - Day trip from Delhi
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39 COMMENTS

  1. Wow! The taj mahal is so majestic, even in pictures. This has been on my bucket list for way too long – I can’t wait until I finally make my way there!

  2. Your photos are incredibly beautiful! I’ve never been to India, but would seriously love to see the Taj Mahal. From the story behind its creation, to the finite detail of the building, I’m mesmerised by its beauty. I’d take your advice and like to see it at sunset; I can imagine being there with my partner, how romantic!

  3. The legendary Taj Mahal… really beautiful impressions that I see here. Even though I havent visited it yet, it really fascinates me and also the whole story behind it. What I like the most about the Taj Mahal is that it obviously surprises you in both way – once by its sheer size, majestic and huge. But also in these countless small and beautiful details wherever you look at. There is so much to discover and see, I hope one day to see it with my own eyes.

  4. The Taj Mahal is one of those places us, travellers must see! I haven’t been there yet but its definitely on my list! I had no idea about that romantic story behind it! I am glad I found this post and read that one day is enough to see it. I would love to stay there for a night though and get a stunning photo at sunrise with no tourists just like we seen it on the photos and feel like a princess 🙂 Beautiful and very informative post! Thank you

  5. It really gets crowded during peak season. So many Instagram photos I’ve seen tho that in the background seems empty. I haven’t personally been here and I’m dying to see, it’s almost part of our year end trip. Hopefully next time! Taj Mahal is one of the best and wonders of the world so one must see!

  6. Taj Mahal is a living symbol of LOVE, and good reminder that LOVE do exists. I wish that we visit it as well, and pay tribute for that amazing love. Thanks for sharing your beautiful adventure.

  7. Taj Mahal is monumental! The first time I saw it, I couldn’t believe the building, that I had seen till then on pictures, was actually thaaaat big!!! It blew my mind.
    Till date, every documentary about its craftsmanship and mysteries totally take me by awe.
    Oberoi Amar Vilas looks like a nice place to sit and rewind after seeing all the mind blowing awesomeness that the Taj has to give.

  8. Its my dream to visit the Taj Mahal someday! Sadly everytime I plan a trip to Agra it doesn’t happen for some reason or other. Hopefully by this year end I will be able to tick this off my list. I have never seem pictures of the interiors, thanks for sharing. Cannot wait to explore this magnificent beauty.

  9. After reading this i visit Taj Mahal. And its Amazing.
    I also write about my visit to Taj Mahal , If anyone is planning to go there read my tour story it will be very benificial for all travellers travelling to Taj Mahal.

  10. Thanks for sharing a detailed description on how to visit Taj from New Delhi in a day trip. It is always good to take a road trip through express highway. I would love to visit this place either at full moon day or at sunrise. People say boating in Yamuna river behind Taj is also a beautiful and romantic experience. Did you tried it or would you recommend?

  11. We had been lucky enough to visit Taj Mahal as well. The place is truly amazing and leaves you with an awe. Your pictures are truly great. Did you click them yourself or hire a professional photographer in Agra.

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