How to visit the Taj Mahal from Delhi
The Taj Mahal is one of the 7 wonders of the world, a grand monument to love and the most famous sight in India. Any trip to India simply would be incomplete if you didn’t manage to see the Taj Mahal. There’s many ways you could visit the Taj Mahal from Delhi, there are many Taj Mahal tours from Delhi and you can even take a Taj Mahal day trip from Delhi, with so many options and tours available it can get confusing figuring out which offers the best experience so I thought it would be useful to put all my tips for visiting the Taj Mahal into one post.
Where is the Taj Mahal?
Some people think that the Taj Mahal is located in India’s capital Delhi but it’s not. The Taj Mahal is located in Agra which is 230 km away from Delhi. So if you want to see the Taj Mahal from Delhi you have to be prepared to travel a bit but luckily these days it’s easier than ever before to visit the Taj Mahal from Delhi.
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How to get to Agra from Delhi
There are many options for getting to Agra from Delhi. It’s possible to visit the Taj Mahal as a day trip from Delhi as a day, either as part of a tour or independently.
The quickest way to get from Delhi to Agra is on one of the new, fast trains which only take 2 – 3 hours. By taxi or private car and driver its about 3/4 hours drive and you could also get a bus in about 3 hours. I recommend booking your tickets online at 12Go.Asia as trains in India get fully booked up in advance very quickly. I would also recommend taking a delux bus not a regular, rickety old bus and be aware that transport in India often runs late, delays of several hours are not uncommon.
Once you arrive in Agra just catch a rickshaw or taxi from the station (don’t forget to haggle) and head to the Taj Mahal. The ticket price is now 1,000 Rupees for foreigners. Read these tips for visiting the Taj Mahal before you go in.
Also, there is so much more to see in Agra than just the Taj Mahal. Did you know Agra is the only city in the world that boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Monuments! Don’t miss the Agra Fort, Baby Taj and Fatephur Sikri. I would recommend spending a few days in Agra (check out my Guide to Agra) or choosing a Taj Mahal tour that also takes you to see the other sights in Agra.
The only thing about doing an independent day trip to see the Taj Mahal from Delhi is that you probably won’t get there in time to see the sunrise over the Taj Mahal, which in my opinion is the best time to go as there aren’t so many crowds and it’s so magical to see the colour of the marble change with the colours of the sky and to see the building appearing out of the early morning mist.
If you want to see the Taj at it’s best at sunrise then it’s better if you arrive in Agra the night before or if you stay in Delhi get up super early and take this special Taj Mahal at Sunrise day tour from Delhi.
Taj Mahal day trip from Delhi
If you’ve just arrived in India though you may find traveling here a bit of a culture shock and it could be a bit overwhelming. Delhi and Agra are big, busy, noisy, dirty cities and some of the most touristy places in the country which see the worst hassle and scams. It’s still really worth seeing these places but to avoid the worst of this and have a relaxed, enjoyable and stress free trip I would recommend India ‘newbies’ to take a Taj Mahal tour from Delhi – it’s just the easiest, quickest and less stressful way to see the Taj.
Not all tours are equal though (this is India you never know what you’re going to get) so to make your Taj Mahal experience memorable for all the right reasons you should careful research the tour first and check whats included and whats not to make sure there aren’t any surprises. Also try and get a tour that takes you to some of the other sights in Agra. If you want to visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort as a day tour from Delhi this is private day tour I recommend
So there you have many options of how to visit the Taj Mahal from Delhi! If you have the time, I would recommend spending a few days in Agra, there’s much more to see than just the Taj Mahal but it’s not the most pleasant city in the world so if you’re feeling overwhelmed by traveling in India or you’re short on time then taking a day trip tour is the easiest, quickest and least stressful way to see one of the wonders of the world.
Have you visited the Taj Mahal from Delhi? Any more tips you’d like to share to help out other travellers?