When to Visit Taj Mahal?
Everyone knows that an India tour is incomplete without a visit to Taj Mahal. Located in Agra, a city constituting the famous Indian Golden Triangle sightseeing Tours, the monument is a memorial of love full of myth and unparalleled beauty.
Daytime: sunrise to sunset every day (06:00 am to 06:30 pm) except Friday.
Every Friday the Taj Mahal is closed and only accessible in the afternoon for Muslims to attend prayers.
Nighttime: 08:30 pm to 12:30 am.
Full moon nights in 2015 to 2020
The tickets for night visit must be purchased 24 hours beforehand at the booking center of Archeological Survey of India (address: Agra Circle, 22 The Mall, Agra).
Every night only 400 visitors are allowed in, there is also restriction on visiting duration on night viewing, which is 30 minutes at maximum.
Best Time of the Day to Visit Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is a dynamic image with different beauty as the sunlight alters its color during the day, so technically you can make a visit anytime of the day.
However, sunrise is the best time as the monument is like a blooming flower when the twilight gilds it with pink color. Moreover, visiting in the early morning you can not only avoid the heat but also the crowds. For those people in pursuit of some perfect shots and don’t want to wait too long, getting up earlier can be very rewarding.
If you are not a morning people, a sunset visit is also a nice choice. The temperature becomes cool after the scorching afternoon and the monument is surrounded by soft silver light. Usually there are more visitors at sunset than sunrise, patience is necessary to capture some good pictures.
If you happen to be in Agra on the full moon day or 2 days before/after, a night visit to the Taj Mahal is also available. Unlike what you see in the daytime, the silhouette of the structure against the dark sky and moonlight is full of peace and magic.
There are 3 gates to enter, namely Western Gate, Eastern Gate and Southern Gate. Southern Gate is open from 08:00 am, so remember to use other 2 gates if you want to visit the structure at dawn.
If enter via Western Gate, visitors have to go through a large stretch of woods to arrive the building where you may encounter many monkeys in the morning, don’t show any snack or food to them.
Entrance Fee of Taj Mahal
|Cost (Rs. /Person)|
|Citizens of SAARC or BIMSTEC countries||510|
|Children below 15||free|
With ticket foreign visitors are offered with free bottled water (500ml), shoe-cover, Tourist Guide Map of Agra, Golf Cart Service.
There are strict security check at each gate, lots of items like foods, tobacco products, liquor, knives, wire, mobile charger, electric goods (except camera), Tripods etc. are all not allowed in; or will be confiscated or charged a fee, so better consult your tour guide or look through the board of prohibited items beforehand.
Agra Holiday Weather Overview
Agra has a semi-arid climate, with very hot summers, mild winters and a monsoon season. The city is one of the hottest in India, and has very high humidity levels too, which can make for an uncomfortable visit at certain times of the year.
Agra in Summer
Summer in Agra extends from March to June, with June overlapping with the monsoon period.
Expect very high temperatures if you visit Agra in the summer. Daily highs range from 32°C in March to 41°C in June, but these are averages and the temperature is often much higher than that – the record is closer to 50°C. Overnight lows in March are bearable at around 16°C, but as summer progresses nights get hotter. By the time you reach June, overnight lows rarely dip below 28°C, which can make it difficult to sleep.
Because of the extremely hot conditions, most tourists avoid Agra during the summer months. If you do visit, try to stay out of the midday sun, and be sure to drink plenty of water. It will take you some time to acclimatise if you are not used to this level of heat, so factor that into your journey planning.
The monsoon period in Agra is between June and September, with July and August seeing the brunt of the rain. Monsoon rains can be extremely heavy, and flooding is common. Temperatures decrease slightly during the monsoon period, so expect average daily highs of around 35°C, with overnight lows of 25°C. Thunderstorms, dust storms and torrential rain occur on most days during this period. It’s important to note that the rain comes in short downpours rather than in steady rain which lasts all day so it’s still possible to visit Agra at this time, if you wish. Take a waterproof jacket or umbrella, and waterproof shoes, and be prepared to be flexible about local travel arrangements if there is flooding.
Agra in Winter
Winter is the most popular for tourism in Agra, between October and February. Rain decreases sharply in October, and then there is very little rainfall for the rest of the dry period. Daily highs fall back to around 22°C in January, at their lowest point. This is still pleasantly warm, but Agra’s winter nights can be chilly, at around 8°C, so take layered clothing or a jacket for the winter nights.
Most days are clear and bright, although occasional fog blankets the city, but this provides excellent photo opportunities around the many famous landmarks. From July to September Agra is in monsoon season, when a lot of rain is expected and the road condition and sightseeing environment become awful.
The best time to travel Agra should be in winter time, namely from October to December and February to March. Generally speaking, moderate temperature and clear weather during this season offer the most comfortable condition to travel around Agra.
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