Visit the Taj Mahal With Kids, It’s Life-Changing!

We arrived in Delhi to incredible humid heat, crowds, and thick dust. June is the low season to visit the Taj Mahal and the front end of monsoon season, but we barely saw rain at all. But, our youngest son hadn’t seen what is probably our favorite Wonder of the World yet, so we went for another visit to the Taj Mahal with kids.

Travelling to the Taj Mahal

Our driver was waiting with a huge smile, and the boys immediately gave him the title of ‘our favorite driver’ when they saw his van loaded with Indian snacks, chips, and cold waters. His name was Jess, and he immediately let us know that other guides would take us places to buy items and get kickbacks from our purchases, but he wasn’t like that and just ‘wanted us to get the best deals’.

Crazy Delhi traffic

Seemed a little fishy, but if you expect that as part of the whole India experience, it feels more humorous than insulting. We drove the new highway from Delhi to Agra (which was just a simple dual-lane road 10 years ago on our last visit), and approximately 4 hours later we were pulling into our hotel. It was quite a juxtaposition after arriving from serene and peaceful Bhutan, so we were eager to enjoy the air conditioning. We stopped and ate the most amazing food in a local restaurant: Curry, biryani, dal, sag aloo, garlic naan, and cold Kingfisher beers.

When you visit the taj mahal

After dinner we discovered a fortune teller in our hotel lobby. Super fun except the lobby was completely empty, and it was rather awkward as he stared longingly at us, (or perhaps at our wallets, I’m not really sure.)

Julian pulled me towards the fortune-teller and asked him to read my fortune. It’d be rude not to at that point, so I held out my hand. The fortune teller took a long thoughtful look at my hand, as though really straining to get a good reading, and dramatically told me that I have great health. I didn’t want to ruin his mojo and ask if the whole cancer thing was just a bad dream! I thanked him profusely and gave him his tip.

Visit the Taj Mahal in the morning

The Taj Mahal With Kids

We woke the next morning at 4.45am to visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. The Taj Mahal is considered one of the most beautiful and romantic buildings in the world, is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and was built by emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved favorite wife who died during childbirth.

Family photo at the Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Get there early for photos!

Things have changed significantly from our visit ten years ago, when we had to take a horse to the entrance. We drove to the sleek ticket office, our guide purchased tickets, and we took an electric cart to the east entrance (cars and buses are strictly prohibited from coming within 500 meters of the Taj Mahal to prevent exhaust fumes from further tarnishing the exterior).

arriving in India to visit one of the wonders of the world

The east entrance is for foreigners and opens half an hour before the west entrance for Indians. We cleared the new security unit, and at 5.30am when the gates opened, we experienced our magical first view of the Taj Mahal with kids. The Taj Mahal’s exquisite glowing beauty and intricate and ornate and symmetrical details are far beyond words. It’s indescribably beautiful, and it can only be truly appreciated by witnessing it in person.

visiting taj mahal, Agra, India with kids
The Taj Mahal is perfectly symmetrical, except for one thing; the two tombs inside are not equal in size because the male tomb has to be larger than the female tomb.

family visit to visiting taj mahal, Agra, India

A tour guide is highly recommended when you visit the Taj Mahal. Awe-struck by its beauty and grandeur, we were grateful to be shown the intricate details and craftsmanship of this magical place, and we were moved by the love story that inspired its creation.

 

During our visit to the Taj Mahal with kids, we were awed to learn that the building’s remarkable symmetry is not just limited to its overall structure but extends to every intricate detail. From the four minarets flanking the main tomb to the decorative jewels on the walls, and the symmetrical placement of the gardens, water channels, and reflecting pool.

visiting Taj Mahal, Agra with kids

The Craftmanship is Extraordinary

Every single part of the Taj Mahal appears perfectly balanced and harmonious. This precision in design and construction is a testament to the extraordinary craftsmanship  of the skilled artisans who built this magnificent wonder of the world.

We soaked in this dedication of true love. It was spectacular from every angle, and as the sun rose we enjoyed the most magical views as the lights bounced off the buildings.

We visited during low season and it was still incredibly crowded. There seemed to be a more streamlined tourist operation than there was 10 years ago, and we couldn’t help but feel this magical Wonder of the World now resembled more of a tourist attraction than a sacred mausoleum.

Taj Mahal With Kids: Hidden Gems & Insider Secrets

Visiting the Taj Mahal, a symbol love and a historic architectural marvel in Agra, India, is a dream visit for many. Here are some things to know that we wished we had learned before arriving:

  • Time of Day Matters. The Taj Mahal is famous for its stunning beauty at sunrise when the early light starts to uncover the white marble. Get there first thing in the morning, if you’re there before the gates open you’ll get a breathtaking view, better photos, fewer crowds, and cooler temperatures.
  • Night Visits. Visiting during the full moon might not be your first choice when you’re travelling with kids, but this offers a chance to see the Taj Mahal at night and it’s a rare and enchanting experience. This requires planning as tickets are limited and only available for five nights each month.
  • No Electronics Inside the Mausoleum. While you can bring your phone and camera to the Taj Mahal complex, electronics are not allowed inside the main mausoleum. This policy helps preserve the serene atmosphere of the tomb area. Prepare for a few minutes of digital detox and embrace the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the experience.
  • Strict Security and Restricted Items: The security at the Taj Mahal is very tight, with several items prohibited on the premises, including food, tripods, and large bags. Visitors often find themselves having to check in items they didn’t anticipate leaving behind. Knowing these restrictions in advance can save time and hassle at the entrance.
  • Tour Guides. While exploring the Taj Mahal can be straightforward, hiring a knowledgeable guide can greatly enrich the experience if you really want to understand its place in time and its rich history. You can find licensed, government-approved guides at the entrance. You’ll need to agree on a rate before entering (their entrance is free) and you can get them for half (or less) of the first price they offer. They also know the best spots for photos and how to navigate the complex efficiently. Don’t forget to tip them.
  • Parking. In an effort to protect the Taj Mahal from pollution, no vehicles are allowed within 500 meters of the complex. Visitors must take an electric bus, rickshaw, or walk from the parking area to the entrance (it’s a solid walk with kids, but there are shops to visit on the way).  These restrictions are intended to preserve the marble’s brilliance and reduce the noise on the grounds, so they are very welcome, but can come as a surprise if you’re expecting to get dropped off at the gate.

The “Baby Taj”

After soaking in the final images of this amazing wonder, we returned to our hotel for breakfast. We spent the rest of the day visiting the Baby Taj, (which was the inspiration for the Taj Mahal), and the Agra Fort; a historic fortress in that served as the residence of the Mughal emperors for generations.

The "Baby Taj" in Agra

Agra Fort was built primarily as a military structure, but Shah Jahan transformed it into a palace. Ironically it later became his prison for eight years after his son seized power and sent him to exile, where he spent his last years staring at his beloved Taj Mahal from his prison window.

The view of the Taj Mahal from the Red Fort in Agra India
After basking in the magnificence of Agra’s rich history and culture, we returned to our hotel to recharge for the next leg of our journey. We took the time to reflect on the sights and sounds that had captured our hearts and minds during our time in this fascinating city. If visiting the Taj Mahal is on your travel list, I’d suggest going sooner rather than later since things are definitely changing, and becoming more commercialized.

Have you been to visit the Taj Mahal with your kids?

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About The Author

Samantha

I’m a travel and health writer, digital brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising an active family, life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Zeo Taxi | 30th Sep 21

    Helpful tips for visiting visit Taj Mahal Agra. Well Done!!

    • Samantha | 1st Oct 21

      Ah thank you – we love Agra!

  2. Bharat Sair | 30th Sep 21

    Taj Mahal is really amazing spot when visiting India.

    • Samantha | 1st Oct 21

      Yes it’s one of my favorite places in the world!

  3. abdul Khan | 26th Feb 24

    The Taj Symbol Of Love 🙂

    • Samantha | 26th Feb 24

      The Ultimate symbol of love! So incredible!

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