The Taj Mahal is a wonderful monument and is on the list of the seven wonders of the world. For last few centuries it has attracted travellers from all over the world, for them to bask in its austere white glory.
As this is an unique monument in the world and a world heritage site, it is an added responsibility of the Government of India to take care of it and ensure its security.
To prevent damage to the Taj Mahal, there are some strict rules applicable and it is wise to know them before you visit the Taj Mahal.
I'm sure we all will agree that this exquisite monument be protected from vandalism and terrorism. In this article we give the list of banned items.
Items permitted to be carried inside the Taj Mahal/Dos:
- The ticket price includes shoe covers and half litre water bottle.
- Still camera is permitted free of cost after security check.
- Mobile phone permitted during the day but not for moonlight view of the Taj Mahal.
- iPad is permitted.
- You can carry your wallet, extra lenses, extra batteries, umbrella, tissue paper, cap, medicine.
- Guide map of Agra permitted.
- Free service of golf cart to travel from the parking lot to the ticket booth.
- Wheelchair available free of cost.
- First aid available.
- Big books shall increase duration of your security check.
Items not permitted/Don'ts:
- You cannot take your water bottle inside.
- Your handbags not permitted.
- Eating and smoking prohibited inside the Taj Mahal.
- Arms, ammunitions, fire, smoking items, tobacco products, liquor, eatables (Toffees), head phones, knives, wire, mobile charger, electric goods (except camera) are also prohibited.
- Your vehicle allowed to 500 m radius of the Taj Mahal.
- Photography inside the mausoleum is not permitted.
- Touching on scratching the walls is not permitted.
- Drinking water facility is available at the eastern and western gates of the Taj Mahal.
- Washrooms available at the main entrance. Non-Indians can use them for free.
- Locker facility available inside the main entrance to keep your video cameras and other valuables.
- No dress code except for covered shoes. Bare shoulders and shorts are okay.
Additional charges for the following:
- Video cameras permitted on an additional charge.
- Professional moviemaking requires prior sanction from the office of Archaeological Survey of India.
- Non-Indians pay considerably more than the Indians towards the entrance fee cost.
- The Taj Museum Complex inside the grounds of the Taj Mahal opens between 10 AM to 5 PM