The Taj Mahal has captivated people for centuries with its stories of monumental beauty and an eternal show of love. The monument receives between 7 and 8 million visitors a year and is full of people throughout the year. In this blog about the sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal, we will suggest travel tips for the best experience.
Where is the Taj Mahal?
It is located in the city of Agra, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in northern India. The Taj Mahal is about 222 km from New Delhi.
There are dedicated highways and a transportation system in place for a convenient trip. It takes between 3 and 4 hours by road or train to get to Agra from New Delhi.
Best time in the year to visit the Taj Mahal
Winter is the best time to visit the Taj Mahal from October to March. The weather can be very cold, but at least you are safe from the scorching heat of summer.
It may not be a good idea to visit the Taj Mahal during the summer (from April to August) because the heat is unbearable. If you have no choice but to visit India in summer, then the Taj Mahal’s sunrise tour is tailor-made for you.
Another disadvantage of visiting the Taj during the summer is that Indian schools are closed from March to May, so more people are expected.
Why do the Taj Mahal tour at sunrise?
- To escape the scorching heat (during the summer)
I visited the Taj in May, in the middle of summer. I made two trips to the Taj on the same day. Once during the sunrise it was a spectacular experience. The Taj definitely has a different aura at this time of day.
And then, the second time on the same day at 10 o’clock in the morning for a photo session and kindness, I regretted that decision a lot. The heat of the sun was penetrating and I was sweating all the time. I just took a few pictures, I went back to the hotel because I needed some fresh air.
- Less public influx
The Taj Mahal is open to tourists at 6 in the morning every day except Friday. The monument is closed every Friday of the year. Therefore, 6 am is the best time to visit since there are fewer people. The most important thing is that you can take as many photos as you want, since there are not many people that bombard your photo.
The crowd starts to filter around 9 in the morning and do not underestimate the size of the crowd. There are many travelers waiting in line to sit on Diana’s bench for that epic shot with the Taj in the background.
In short, evade all these annoyances and approach the door of the Taj Mahal at 5.30 in the morning. Enter at 6 in the morning and enjoy the views of the Taj at your own pace.
- To appreciate the beauty of the Taj Mahal
With the first rays of sun that extend slowly from the sky, the Taj Mahal shines like a golden artifact next to the Yamuna River. The air is cooler and you can hear the birds singing when you are savoring this moment.
It is hard to imagine that marbles that are said to look milky white have this golden glow at this time of day. When you walk to the east side of the Taj complex, the rising sun illuminates the Taj mausoleum and the monument looks magnificent.
As the sun begins to rise above your head with the passage of time, you begin to appreciate the pure shade of white marble.
- Take countless photographs
The Taj Mahal is a photographer’s dream, as this exquisite monument radiates its charm. Here are some tips to keep in mind to get great shots of the Taj.
From the main door or called Darwaza-i-Rauza
The mausoleum of the Taj is designed in such a way that this huge structure is not seen until one stands inside the Darwaza-i-Rauza.
The appearance of the main tomb of the Taj Mahal in the interiors of the Darwaza-i-Rauza is his first appointment with the Taj. This is a great place to click on some fantastic photos.
As soon as you pass through the Darwaza-i-Rauza
As you pass through the main gate, you will witness the Taj Mahal in its entirety. Ivory white marble fades into the blue sky at the end of the green garden. The waterway just in front of the Taj Mahal adds a beautiful dimension to the viewer.
Your trip to the Taj Mahal is incomplete if you do not have a photo in this popular place.
5. From the garden of Mehtab Bagh
Ask your guide to take you to the garden of Mehtab Bagh on the other side of the Yamuna River. In addition, it is an excellent place to contemplate the symmetry not only of the main mausoleum, but of the entire complex itself.
The Taj Mahal, including the guest house on your left and the mosque on your right, combined with its reflection in the river, is a brilliant photo shoot. If you have not hired a guide, you can rent a rickshaw to go to Mehtab Bagh for a price of around 100 INR.
6. Full moon night
Last but not least, the beauty of the Taj Mahal is exceptional during and around the night of the full moon. Within 30 minutes of time provided in the night, capture the glory when the Taj shines in the radiant light of the moon.
7. From Agra Fort
When you visit Agra Fort, you can see the Taj Mahal in the distance. You can see the main dome, the four chattris (umbrella) around the dome and the four minarets, which is a good opportunity to take pictures.
Visit Agra Fort
Make the most of your day in Agra by combining the sunrise tour through the Taj Mahal with Agra Fort, another place of historical importance. You can also plan your Same Day Taj Mahal Tour By Car From Delhi.
Popularly known as the Red Fort of Agra, it is located about 3 km from the Taj Mahal. The Agra Fort is best called a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Agra Fort is a palatial fortress of red sandstone and marble, built between 1565 and 1573. It is built on the banks of the Yamuna River by Akbar, the Mughal emperor, who is the grandfather of Shah Jahan.
After Shah Jahan’s son, Aurangzeb, deposited his father and repressed him at Agra Fort. It is believed that Shah Jahan died in Muasamman Burj at Agra Fort. In other words, the Muasamman Burj has uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal.
Golden Triangle of India
Since you are in Agra, go an extra mile and include Delhi and Jaipur on your itinerary taking the Golden Triangle Tour of India. For Agra tour you can explore the itinerary of 2 Days Agra Taj Mahal tour By Car From Delhi
We wish you a safe and happy trip!