Taj Mahal @ moonlight: best time , tickets?

#1 Oct 12th, 2007, 23:33
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Hi
I will be at full moon in agra and would like to visit the taj at moonligt. but i have 2 questions:
- can i buy the tickets somehow in advance?
- as I see, visits are from 20.30h-0.30h...which is the best time to see the moon nicely at blue hour (sky) ?
thank you

Philip
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Full moon rises as the sun sets; you can Google for sunset time in Agra for the dates you'll be there... that will give you some idea of what time to show up.
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Taj at Moonlight

Just wanted to give some updated info on tickets for viewing Taj by the moonlight.

The tickets are sold at the Archieological Survey of India office on Mall Road. It closes at 5pm.
The most imp thing to remember is that you HAVE TO buy tickets atleast 24 hours in advance. This is mandatory thanks to some Supreme Court ruling about the Taj.

The UP Tourism website DOES NOT specify this. Instead it just says "you can buy tickets upto 24 hours in advance" without making it clear that it is compulsory.

I went to Agra specifically to see the Taj in moonlight and was disappointed as the person at the counter refused to sell me tickets for that night even though he had many unsold tickets.

Incidentally, only 400 tickets are sold.

The viewing starts from 8.30pm and is on till midnight. You will have to park a little distance away from the monument in a designated parking lot and then will be transported to the gate in a bus running on CNG. Tourists are taking for a viewing round from the main entrance to the Taj in groups of 50.
Also note that for night viewing you are NOT allowed close to the Taj but have to stop some 100 metres away.

Warning: There is lot of smog/fog in Agra in winter so you may not see the Taj clearly so may come back disappointed.
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We were also disappointed on Dec 23rd, a full moon night. The ticket price is Rs 750 including children for foreign tourists and Rs 500 for Indian nationals. The tickets have to be purchased previous day and non refundable.

The security was more severe in the night than regular hours. We could not go beyond the front entrance/gate overlooking Taj. Without strong moon light, it is not possible to see much of anything.
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There are few agents in Delhi/Agra also who can arrange tickets for people having less time in Agra. They normally charge Rs.100-200 extra on cost. If you need number etc..let me know
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Here is an official notice regarding night viewing of Taj displayed at Shilpgram on East gate side of Taj.It mentions the necessary information.

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Is it worth seeing the Taj at night?? What is so magical about it?

As a photographer I would like the opportunity at least to shoot it at night!!
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Originally Posted by bazpaul View Post Is it worth seeing the Taj at night?? What is so magical about it?
You need to see it to know it!
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Originally Posted by Manjeshkamboj View Post There are few agents in Delhi/Agra also who can arrange tickets for people having less time in Agra. They normally charge Rs.100-200 extra on cost. If you need number etc..let me know
can you please share the number of the agent who can arrange with additional cost as mentioned by you? I am planning to visit this month(Sep, 2013)
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Originally Posted by aghosh View Post can you please share the number of the agent who can arrange with additional cost as mentioned by you? I am planning to visit this month(Sep, 2013)
aghosh,

Welcome to IndiaMike.

You only need an agent if you will not be in Agra 24 hours before your planned moonlight viewing.

I suggest you contact the New Delhi office of UP Tourism for their advice of an appropriate agent.

36 Chandralok Building, Janpath.
Ph. (011) 23350048, 23711296, 23322251.
E-mail: arcdelhi@up-tourism.com

For the night viewing, be aware of the following:

The tickets are allocated to a specific time slot - each group of 50 visitors is allocated a half-hour slot, running between 8.30pm and midnight. You need to report at the Shilpagram at least half an hour before your time slot.

No bags. No mobile phones. No camera tripods. Cameras get numbered and tagged.

Pat-down security search, and they check your tickets against their records.

Lots of armed security staff.

Names and ticket numbers are cross-checked again before you get on the one kilometre bus ride to the Taj, where you will be frisked a second or third time, and cameras have their numbers and tags checked again.

You then have a short walk to the East gate and that is the viewing area. You are not allowed to move from the viewing area.

Do all your camera settings before you go, because you have no light to work with once you are there.

Because the half-hour time slot includes travelling time and security time, you actually have less than 25 minutes to look at the Taj.
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I guess that doesn't make a photographer's day/night..
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post I guess that doesn't make a photographer's day/night..
As a sometime photographer, I was really annoyed - there is simply not enough light to make your settings by, which I didn't factor in, and so couldn't get anything approaching a decent shot. I think people who took simply 'point and shoot' cameras, without any settings to control, probably got better photographs!

Had I known, I would have made all my settings before I left.
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Originally Posted by Manjeshkamboj View Post There are few agents in Delhi/Agra also who can arrange tickets for people having less time in Agra. They normally charge Rs.100-200 extra on cost. If you need number etc..let me know
Can you give me the number, please?
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Originally Posted by Manjeshkamboj View Post There are few agents in Delhi/Agra also who can arrange tickets for people having less time in Agra. They normally charge Rs.100-200 extra on cost. If you need number etc..let me know
could you pl share agents in agra for taj moonlight viewing tickets booking for us.
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Read about the experience others have had for the night view. You are allowed only 30 minutes and are not allowed to go near the monument. The ticket cost is 750 Rs.

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