Will the Taj be closed on Diwali?

#1 Jun 24th, 2011, 15:09
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Hi all!!

I am planning on visiting India this coming October and my travelling dates falls during Diwali. I am planning on visiting Agra as a day trip from Delhi.

I know that the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays but does anyone know if it is closed on Diwali?

I would love to visit the Taj, Agra Fort, Baby Taj and Fatehpur Sikri.
Is it possible to do it as a day trip or must I leave out Fatehpur Sikri as I have too little time? If so, what other sites are there that are that I can visit?

Would really appreciate your advice and input. Thank you.
#2 Jun 24th, 2011, 15:20
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I do not think Taj Mahal is closed during Diwali or national holidays.

It is always better to stay for a day in Agra. Sikandra and Mehtab Bagh are other places that can be included.
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Thank you so much for your reply.
I shall take that that into consideration.
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Dewali will be on 26th Oct 2011 Wednesday.Taj is closed on Friday's.
If you do a day trip to Agra, you may be able to visit just the Taj & Fort besides it is a hetic tour.
Better is you stay a least for 2 DAYS AND A NIGHT, in order to enjoy all the monumnts and Agra as a town itself, after all your are comming to visit from so far, so ? enjoy all there is to see and experience,
if I could be of any help just let me know. Regards.
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Thank you so much Douglas.

I wish I have that much time to stay there but I don't. Not this time though.
Its going to be a short trip because most of my time in India will be in Shillong for a friend's wedding.
I'll most probably be able to stay overnight before leaving for Delhi.
Now I'm looking for a good place to stay there in Agra. Any reccommendations?

P.S. I can always go there again another time and see the things that I missed!!
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How to get to Agra in the evening

I will be coming to Delhi/Agra at the same time (over Diwali). Is there a train that leaves from Delhi to Agra on Friday evening, so that we could see sunrise at the Taj on Saturday morning?

What is the best train to take from Delhi (leaving around 4pm)?

Any advice on inexpensive places to spend 1 night in Agra would also be great.

Thank you!
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Trains Delhi-Agra: http://erail.in?T=NDLS::AGA:.

Take note of departure and arrival stations, and of running days. To make your life easier, you can sort any columns there, so going by departure or arrival time as well.

The reason the Taj is closed on Fridays is because there's a mosque on the premises btw (contrary to many people's perception, it is otherwise a mausoleum, not a mosque), so Friday services are held here. And it is otherwise a Muslim sanctuary; Friday is their day of communal prayer and reflection, akin to the Christian Sunday.

Diwali is a Hindu festival (and Jain, and Sikh, I think). So while it's not at all a silly question, and you were right in asking it, I guess this may explain why Diwali shouldn't be a problem there (something I wouldn't have been able to tell you myself, so it is not at all a silly question. I've never been to Agra )

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