Agra Taj Mahal Walking Tour, Agra (Self Guided)

Agra is most known for containing one of the seven wonders of the modern world - the Taj Mahal. This finest example of Mughal architecture attracts thousands of tourists and visitors, who admire its magnificence and beauty. Take the following tour to see the marvelous attractions in the Taj area!
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Agra Taj Mahal Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Agra Taj Mahal Walking Tour
Guide Location: India » Agra (See other walking tours in Agra)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
Author: leticia
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The Great Gate

1) The Great Gate

The Great gate is the main gateway (darwaza) to the Taj Mahal Complex and represents a gorgeous monumental structure of early Mughal architecture. Originally built of marble, the gate features vaulted ceilings and walls in geometric designs, decorations with floral motifs, and wonderful archways, which mirror the shape of the tomb's archways. The calligraphy on the Great Gate reads "O Soul, thou art at rest. Return to the Lord at peace with Him, and He at peace with you."
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museum Taj Mahal

2) Museum Taj Mahal

Museum Taj Mahal is also known as Jal Mahal and is situated within the Taj Mahal complex. Established in 1982, the museum features a main hall and three galleries, which display a variety of exhibits related to the construction of the Taj Mahal, including antiquities, Mughal miniature paintings, manuscripts, royal documents, examples of calligraphy, jade and porcelain objects, plans and drawings of the Taj Complex.
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Taj Mahal Mosque

3) Taj Mahal Mosque (must see)

The Taj Mahal Mosque is located on the western side of the magnificent Taj Mahal. The mosque is made of beautiful red sandstone and consists of four fine octagonal towers and three graceful domes. Its ceilings and walls are beautifully decorated with wonderful calligraphy, inscriptions of passages from the Muslim Holy Scriptures, and the name of Allah.
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Taj Mahal

4) Taj Mahal (must see)

The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is widely recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage." Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later.

Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tomb is the central focus of the entire Taj Mahal complex. This large, white marble structure stands on a square plinth and consists of a symmetrical building with an iwan topped by a large dome and finial.

The Taj Mahal was constructed using materials from all over India and Asia and over 1,000 elephants were used to transport building materials. It attracts between 2 million and 4 million visitors annually, including more than 200,000 from overseas.

Why You Should Visit:
Definitely a place that has to be seen to be believed with all kind of interesting stories/features and many brilliant spots (other than the obvious) to take great photos from.
The terraces around the central building are lovely to wander around and seeing the crystalline marble walls up close.

Tip:
The temperature in summer is above 40 Celsius so take all precautions, sunblock, and comfortable clothes.
Take only a small rucksack or a bag, as bulky rucksacks are not allowed. Don't take any kind of batteries, chargers, tripod, or food.
There's a lot to see and you'll get wrapped up in listening to a lot of the history, so make sure you allocate at least half a day.
You can skip the waiting lines by getting one government guide to show you inside.
In the evening, go to the other side of the river and enjoy the sunset.

Daily Opening Hours:
30min before sunrise until 30min before sunset (East & West Gate);
1h before sunrise until 45min before sunset (Ticket Window);
8am-5pm (South Gate); 9am-5pm (Taj Museum)
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Jawab

5) Jawab

Jawab is another red sandstone building, located on the the eastern side of the glorious Taj Mahal. It was built with the purpose of counterbalancing the mosque and maintaining the symmetry of the design of the Taj Mahal Complex. Jawab is decorated with beautiful flower designs and is used as a guesthouse.

Walking Tours in Agra, India

Create Your Own Walk in Agra

Create Your Own Walk in Agra

Creating your own self-guided walk in Agra is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Agra, the former capital of India under the powerful Mughal emperors, today is perhaps India's most popular tourist destination, in large part due to the magnificent Taj Mahal located here. Still, other than the iconic mausoleum, Agra is renowned for its colossal historic heritage manifested in numerous sites. To find out what else the city has to offer, take this orientation walk!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km
Agra’s Amazing Handicraft Shops Walking Tour

Agra’s Amazing Handicraft Shops Walking Tour

Agra is famous for its outstanding marble handicraft items, carpets and rugs, leatherwork, brassware, wood carved figures, and other wonderful creations of talented local craftsmen and artisans. Check out Agra’s amazing handicraft shops in this self-guided tour!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Agra for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Agra has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Agra, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.