Taj Mahal on a Full Moon Day: An Everlasting Impression
Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World is incredibly beautiful and mesmerizing, but its beauty increases manifold on a full moonlight. Under the full glory of the moon, it changes its colour to a silvery blue. Witnessing such a magnificent beauty will charm and soothe your eyes. It would definitely be the kind of experience you would love to boast about.
Taj Mahal is considered being the greatest architectural achievement in the entire range of Indo-Islamic architecture. Its recognized architectonic beauty has a rhythmic combination of solids and voids, concave and convex and light shadow. Arches and domes further increase the aesthetic aspect.
The colour combination of lush green space, reddish pathway, and blue sky over it showcases the monument in ever-changing tints and moods. The relief work in marble and inlay with precious and semi-precious stones make it a monument apart.
You may find a mixed review of the experience related to visiting on a full moon day. A major reason for bad stories is the foggy weather. As per the rule, you can view Taj Mahal from a distance of 500 metres from the red sandstone platform. If the weather is foggy, you would hardly get to see the mesmerizing view that we are talking about. Therefore we suggest selecting the date carefully.
Second bad experience is about photography. Only still cameras are allowed inside so you won’t be able to capture the monument in the blue shade in video cameras. Because of the glowing light of Taj Mahal, you can’t take a picture with flashlight. And without a flash, you have to make a lot of adjustments to get a few good clicks.
There is a heavy security check before entering Taj Mahal. Mobile phones and bags are not allowed. It’s better to go prepared for the same to prevent any hassle. After the security check, the group of people are transferred by bus from Shilpgram to Taj entrance. You would not get any chance to walk around the monument. From 500 metres away, you can have the majestic view of Taj Mahal for an everlasting memory.
Best time to visit
Best day to visit is the one when the moon is at its full glow. So try selecting the day of “Sharad Poornima” and late-night slots of summer nights. You can also carry binoculars with you to enhance the view.
How to get tickets to Taj Mahal?
You can purchase tickets for the night viewing of the Taj Mahal one day (24 hours) in advance. The booking counter is located in the office of “The Archaeological Survey of India, Agra Circle, 22 The Mall, Agra, Uttar Pradesh”. Timings for booking is between 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. If needed, you can cancel the tickets at the above location on the same date of viewing before 1 PM. Cancellation charges are 25% per ticket. Tourists must reach Shilpgram (near Eastern gate of Taj Mahal) half an hour before the scheduled time mentioned on their tickets for security checks and easy entry.
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Timings, Fee and Rules to visit Taj Mahal.
Timings: 8:30 PM – 12:30 AM
Fee: Rs 750 (Adult, Foreign)
Rs 510 (Adult, Indian)
Rs 500 (Child 3-15 years, Foreign & Indian)
Free Entry for Children below 3 years of age (Indians & Foreigners)
The night viewing is opened for four hours from 8:30 PM to 12:30 AM, for a maximum of 400 people per day. 400 people are divided into eight batches of 50 people for 30 minutes only.
As an alternative, you can also book a hotel having a view of the Taj Mahal and can watch it all night from a distance. Although you may need binoculars.
Full moon dates:
Best Dates to visit Taj Mahal in 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Friday, November 23, 2018
Saturday, December 22, 2018