We were in Delhi this winter and had planned a day out at Agra. We booked a cab at our hotel itself from Paharganj - Agra - Paharganj.
Distance from Delhi -
Travel time - 4.5 hrs (1 halt at Vrindavan for 30 mins)
Cab Cost - ₹6000 ( Innova, 6 pax)
We started the day at 7 am and headed towards Agra via Yamuna expressway. The roads were superb and we found ourselves alone in the entire expressway most of the time throughout the journey.
We reached Agra at 11.30 am and from there it took us 0.5 hrs more to reach Taj Mahal as the city was too crowded.
We had to take another rickshaw from the Taj circle as vehicles were not allowed to go in. After we got down from rickshaw we had to make a 10 mins walk towards the ticket counter.
The entry fees charges are as per below
₹50 - viewing the Monument just from outside
₹250 - inside the Taj Mahal
₹150 - viewing the Monument just from outside
₹600 - inside the Taj Mahal
The entrance of the Taj premises had beautiful and a huge gateway known as Great Gate. Followed by the Taj Mahal garden which had few seats and water fountains. All other tourists were busy clicking the signature pinching the top most tip of Taj Mahal picture. After entering the great Gatsby and walking through the garden the mesmerizing view of Taj is to die for. We clicked tons of pictures to satisfy ourselves. Since we had opted for ₹250 ticket we got a chance to see what's inside the Taj Mahal. Before entering the Taj Mahal we were asked to wear shoe coat in order to avoid damage to the marble flooring.
The view was just amazing of the building. It truly justified its place in 7 wonders of the world list. Inside the Taj there was nothing but the tombs of Shahjahan and Mumtaz. It took appx 1 hr to see the entire building. The view of Yamuna river was also Good to see from the backyards of Taj Mahal, though the condition of the river wasn't that good.. all in all it was great experience for me to visit the one of the world wonder.