Taj Museum


Within the Taj complex, on the western side of the gardens, is the small but excellent Taj Museum, housing a number of original Mughal miniature paintings, including a pair of 17th-century ivory portraits of Emperor Shah Jahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

You'll also find some very well preserved gold and silver coins dating from the same period, plus architectural drawings of the Taj and some celadon plates, said to split into pieces or change colour if the food served on them contains poison.

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1. Mosque

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The Taj Mahal's red-sandstone mosque to the west of the main monument is an important gathering place for Agra's Muslims.

2. Taj Mahal

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Poet Rabindranath Tagore described it as 'a teardrop on the cheek of eternity'; Rudyard Kipling as 'the embodiment of all things pure'; while its creator,…

3. Jawab

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The jawab, to the east of the Taj Mahal itself, was built for symmetry purposes, matching up identically with the red-sandstone mosque to the west.

4. Mehtab Bagh

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This park, originally built by Emperor Babur as the last in a series of 11 parks on the Yamuna’s east bank (long before the Taj was conceived), fell into…

5. Khas Mahal

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This beautiful marble pavillion and pool formed the living quarters of Shah Jahan, while the large attached courtyard housed the court harem.

6. Jehangir's Palace

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This huge red-sandstone palace inside Agra Fort, a combination of Indian and Central Asian architectural styles, was most likely built by the Mughal ruler…

7. Amar Singh Gate

1.17 MILES

The sole entry point to Agra Fort, and where you buy your entrance ticket.

8. Diwan-i-Am


In Agra Fort, the Hall of Public Audiences was where emperor Shah Jahan listened to petitions from ordinary citizens.