Taj Mahal ,UNESCO world heritage site, is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles.
Considered to be the 7th wonder in the world, the entire structure is built by marble.
While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component of the Taj Mahal, it is actually an integrated complex of structures. The construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen.
Reach Agra by:
Agra airport is about 12 km away from the city and can be reached from Delhi by air as a connecting city from all over India.
Agra is located in between the main train lines from Delhi to Mumbai and from Delhi to Chennai. It is like a junction and this makes Agra easy to reach by train from almost anywhere. From Delhi, you can reach Agra by train in about 2-3 hours by Bhopal Shatabdi, Bhopal Express, Malwa Express, Gondwana Express, Jabalpur – Jammutawi Express, etc.
There are also luxury trains that stop at Agra such as Palace on Wheels.
Agra has tree railway stations. The main one is Agra Cantt with the station code AGC. The second one is Agra Fort (AF) which is the oldest train station in India and trains to east and central India passes from this station. The third one a small station called Raja Ki Mandi, and Mahakoshal Express, Amritsar Express and Intercity Express.
Detailed train information, schedules and prices can be found at http://www.indianrail.gov.in
Agra is 204 km away from the capital Delhi and is on the crossroads of national highways 2, 3 and 11. Ground transportation from Delhi to Agra takes approximately 3.5 – 4 hours. Taxies and busses are available from Delhi to Agra.
The main bus stations in Agra are Idgah and Agra Fort and there are scheduled, air-conditioned and luxury buses from Delhi and Jaipur
Driving to Agra is also easy and comfortable with new modern highways.
From Delhi you can take the NH2 highway (200 km) and from Jaipur you can take number 11 ( 255km).