How to get to Taj Mahal from Agra railway Station

#1 Jul 21st, 2006, 18:20
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I am taking a day trip to Agra. I read before that one should get down at Raja ki Mandi rather than Agra cant as it is easier to reach the Taj from there. Is this true? Does Shatabdi express stops at Raja ki Mandi?

And how to reach Taj Mahal from the railway station using public transport? How much should be the charge? And this time I am not going to forget to take my camera

Thanks in adnace for your help.
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Agra by Air
Agra airport is 7 km from the city center and 3 km from Idgah bus stand. Indian airlines operate daily tourist shuttle flights to Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi and back. It only takes 40 minutes from Delhi to Agra.
Agra by Road
Idgah bus stand is the main bus stand of Agra, from where one can catch buses for Delhi, Jaipur, Mathura, Fatehpur-Sikri, etc. Buses for Mathura also leave from Agra Fort bus stand.

Agra by Rail
Agra is well connected by railroad. The main railway station is the Agra Cantonment station. Agra is well connected by rail to Delhi, Varanasi and cities of Rajasthan. Trains like Palace on Wheel, Shatabdi, Rajdhani, and Taj Express are the best choices if you want to reach Agra from Delhi.


Local Transport in Agra
You can travel to different parts of Agra using different modes of transport like taxi, tempo, auto-rickshaw and cycle rickshaw from the Taj Mahal area. Prepaid taxis and autos from the railway station are available. Prepaid transport is also available for excursions in and around the city limits. Bicycles can be hired on hourly basis from different parts of the city. It is to be remembered that no diesel or petrol vehicle are allowed to ply in the Taj Mahal area. Battery-operated buses, horse-driven tongas, rickshaws and other pollution-free vehicles are allowed to conserve the beauty of this great monument.

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Smart guy, thanks I think I will rely on prepaid if I do not get any other tips.
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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is no doubt becoming a costly affair.I was happy with pre paid auto rickshaw and it was 10m drive.

I think this is safest and closest way..do not try to get down anywhere else. AGRA CANTT. is best and cheapand comfortable.
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Any ideas and prices on Agra Cantonment station to Itimad-ud-Daulah in mid/late October?
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Itimad-ud-Daulah....... also known as Baby Taj.

The tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah is located on the banks of the Yamuna, near the Yamuna Bridge railway station. Agra is well connected by air with Khajuraho, Varanasi, and Delhi. It has good rail and bus connections with major Indian cities. One can travel to the tomb by making use of taxi, tempo, auto-rickshaw, or cycle rickshaw. Prepaid taxis and autos from the railway station are available. Prepaid transport is also available for excursions in and around the city limits. Bicycles can also be hired on hourly basis from different parts of the city.


The tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah is as interesting as the life of the person for whom it was built. Mirza Ghiyas-ud-din or Ghiyas Beg (later known as Itimad-ud-Daulah) was a poor merchant and lived in Persia (modern-day Iran). While on his way to India for business, his wife gave birth to a baby girl. As the family was extremely poor and had nothing to eat, the parents decided to abandon the child. However, the wails of the baby girl forced the parents to come back and take her with them. The baby girl brought a stroke of good luck to her parents, for Ghiyas Beg found a caravan that straightaway took him to the court of the great Mughal Emperor, Akbar. In the course of time, Ghiyas Beg rose to become a minister and a trusted treasurer in Akbarís court. After Akbarís death in 1605, his son Jahangir became the Mughal emperor, who made Ghiyas Beg his chief minister or Wazir. Ghiyas Beg was also honored with the title of Itimad-ud-Daulah or the pillar of the state.

Ghiyas Begís daughter grew up to be a beautiful lady and came to be known as Mehr-un-Nissa or the sun of womankind. In the course of time, the fame of her beauty spread. She was married off, but she soon became a widow. She returned to the court of Jahangir where her father was employed. Emperor Jahangir fell in love with her and married her. She soon became a powerful personality in Jahangirís court and was called Nur Mahal, the light of the palace, and Nur Jahan, light of the world. When Ghiyas Beg (Itimad-ud-Daulah) died in 1622, Nur Jahan undertook the project to build his mausoleum. Later she built the tomb of her husband (in a similar style) in Lahore. Nur Jahan had a brother whose daughter was married to Jahangirís son, Shahjahan. She was known as Mumtaz Mahal in whose memory Shahjahan built the world famous Taj Mahal.

Itimad-ud-Daulah was buried in a tomb that resembles a jewel box and set in a garden. This tranquil, small, garden located on the banks of the Yamuna was to inspire the construction of the Taj Mahal in the later years. It is the first tomb in India built entirely in white marble. The tomb is also justly famous for the glorious pietra dura (stone inlay) decoration depicting cypresses, wine glasses, and an amazing variety of geometrical arabesque. The jali screens set in arched recesses are splendid. Four small minarets rise at the four corners of the small tomb structure.

The whole structure gives the impression of an enlarged precious object. Due to the profusion of intricate work done on marble and the beautiful marble screen-work, the tomb easily qualifies as a veritable forerunner of the famous Taj Mahal.

Well worth seeing ! when you travel to Agra, leave apart foreign tourists many Indians still do not know about it.
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Great post Smartguy!!! I really loved that place and it was a pleasure to be there except for the ticket checker at the gate who mistook me for a foreigner and asked me rudely which country I am from even after I had bought the ticket meant for Indians as I am an Indian living in India all my life!!! HAHAHA!!! Just because I had a huge camera with a telelens attached to it hanging around my neck!!!

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Thank you folks for your replies. I took a prepaid taxi to the Taj Mahal and they are charging Rs. 125 this season. On my return trip to the station we took a Auto that charged us Rs. 40 for the same after initially asking for Rs. 50 whereas according to the locals the charge is Rs. 30.

We managed to capture two bullocks in the foreground of the Taj. Here are some pictures and what I wrote after the trip:

http://www.gonomad.com/traveltalesfr...tabdi-day.html
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Great seeing your pictures of the Taj under repairs with modifications and the experiences there too!!! Thanks for sharing on IM and you also have the option of sharing it with other readers in the Journals section of IM too.

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Regretfully your blog does show only a few pictures of the fort!

Rs 750,- is a lot of money even for Western standards. The Agra major must know that a snapshot in front of the Taj Mahal (are you definitely sure it doesn't translate to 'cash cow'?) is compulsory if you go to North-India.
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BenV, I have more than 100 pictures from this trip but to upload it all will take some time. But anyway I am a very average photographer.

I have the customary picture in front of the Taj Mahal too, but I generally do not put my own or my family memeber's pictures on my blog.

About the dual pricing, an excellent discussion exists on this thread:

taj mahal-entrance cost

Thanks a lot for your comments.
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Originally Posted by mridula BenV, I have more than 100 pictures from this trip but to upload it all will take some time. But anyway I am a very average photographer.

I have the customary picture in front of the Taj Mahal too, but I generally do not put my own or my family memeber's pictures on my blog.

About the dual pricing, an excellent discussion exists on this thread:

taj mahal-entrance cost

Thanks a lot for your comments.
I do not mean you have to upload all of them, but if you'd had uploaded one more photograph (or two) of the fort, I would have been satisfied ..
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BenV, will try to do that soon.
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I loved the tree-hiding-scaffolds picture! Very professional. Thanks for the price info. Will the 750 + 250 for the Taj + the Fort apply in the other direction as well?
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You can see any of the other sites in Agra like the Agra Fort and Itmad ud Daulah for the same price of the ticket you paid for the Taj but you have to add some amount for each place which is the ASI fee besides the Agra local tax which is the main amount from the Rs750 you pay for the Taj Mahal entrance fee. So just preserve your ticket when you go to the other sites and just pay the ASI fee there. That will be Rs100 or Rs250 depending on the site you are visiting. The ASI fee for the Taj Mahal is only Rs250 but the other Rs500 is for the Agra city tax which need not be paid again at the other monuments if seen on the same day. Hope this helps.

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