Taj Mahal – the tourist attraction that awed world leaders and celebrities

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Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the world had attracted not only common tourist but also so many celebrities around the world. Its often visited by famous artists, singers,businessmen,sports persons, political and religious leaders etc. Famous author Rudyard Kipling had once noted that Taj Mahal is “the embodiment of all things pure “. India’s Nobel laurate poet Rabindra Nath Tagore once discribed it as “a tear drop in the cheek of eternity”.

Some of the world leaders who had visited Taj Mahal includes :

  1. US president Eisenhower  in 1959
  2. Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Isreal on January 16, 2018
  3. Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau on February 18, 2018.
  4. On 2018 March 11 French President Emmanuel Macron  visited Taj Mahal
  5. US President Donald Trump on 24th February 2020

 Selected names from the long list of celebrities who visited Taj Mahal includes:

  1. Julia Roberts in 2009
  2. Leonardo DiCaprio in 2015
  3. Orlando Bloom in 2015
  4. Mark Zuckerberg in  2015
  5. Will Smith 2018

Location: Agra,Uttar Pradesh, India

Destination type : Leisure destination

History of  Taj Mahal

  1. The consturction of Taj Mahal started on 1631 and ended by 1653
  2. It was named after Mumtaz Mahal, Emperor Shah Jahan’s wife on whose memory it was built
  3. Taj Mahal was built in Agra city on the banks of river Yamuna
  4. The chief architect was a Persian called Ustad Ahmad Lahauri,
  5. 28 types of precious jewels were set on marble during the construction

Activities for tourists at Agra

  1. Spent time in Taj Mahal, retelling the eternal love story
  2. Enjoy the architecture and decorations inside the monument
  3. Relax at the garden and take photos
  4. Visit Agra fort and Tomb of Akbar
  5. Buy Handicrafts and enjoy local cuisine

How to reach there


The closest domestic and international airport to Agra is at Delhi, the Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is well-linked with all prime Indian and foreign destinations like:

  1. Moscow
  2. Dubai
  3. Singapore
  4. Zurich
  5. Bangkok
  6. Rome
  7. Kuala Lumpur
  8. New York
  9. Newark
  10. Paris etc

There are flights to Indian domestic destinations like:

  1. Mumbai
  2. Bangalore
  3. Chennai
  4. Kochi
  5. Jaipur
  6. Kolkatta etc


As Agra is located in the middle of main the following train lines: Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai, it is quite easy to reach here by train from anywhere. Cities such as:

  1. Delhi

  2. Jaipur

  3. Gwalior

  4.  Kolkata

  5.  Mumbai and 

  6. Chennai are well-connected to Agra with regular trains


The best time to visit Taj Mahal are months of October to February

Season Average temperature
Winter season (October to February) 7ºC to 29 ºC
Summer season (March to May) 20ºC to 41ºC

Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents

  1. New Delhi ( 209 kms away)
  2. Mathura ( 58 kms away)
  3. Vrindavan ( 76 kms away)
  4. Alwar ( 168 kms away)
  5. Surajkund ( 208 kms away)

Some hotels in Agra with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

Hotel Clarks Shiraz https://www.hotelclarksshiraz.com/

The Retreat http://www.theretreat.co.in/

Sterling Agra https://www.sterlingholidays.com/resorts-hotels/agra

The PL Palace https://www.plpalacehotels.com/

Optimum Tara Palace http://optimumrooms.com/accommodation/hotel-optimum-tara-palace-taj/


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