Also listed as first among the 7 wonders of the world, the grand Taj mahal has attracted people from far and wide for its breathtaking beauty. Considered as the epitome of true love, the Taj has brilliant optical illusions in its architecture. The very sight of this tomb fills you with an air of magnificence and the surrounding garden only adds charm to the monument. Throughout the year, Taj Mahal remains a buzzing place with people ready to pay exorbitant amount to witness its beauty in the full moon night. Taj Mahal shall ever remain the best gift bestowed on India by the Great Mughals!
Best time to visit: October to December and February to March.
Timings: Every Day, (except Friday), sunrise to sunset. You can visit the Taj Mahal at night also, between 8.30pm to 12.30am, on full moon night two days before and two days after.
Entrance fees: During the day - ₹750 (Foreigners), ₹510 (Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries), ₹20 (Indian), entry free for children below 15 years of age. . For the night visit - ₹750 (Adult, Foreign), ₹510 (Adult, Indian), ₹500 (Child 3-15 Years, Indian & Foreign), entry Free for children below 3 years of age.
Where to stay: Courtyard by Marriott and Double Tree by Hilton are great luxury options. You can check out other options here.
How to reach: The nearest international airport is New Delhi. There are regular trains and buses that run between Delhi and Agra. Uttar Pradesh Transport Corporation as well as private bus operators have around 10-12 buses daily whereas there are around a 100 trains that run between the two cities of a daily basis.