Buy Taj Mahal Tickets Online
Okay… in an era when we can buy almost everything we can think of just by a click of our computer mouse, why do we have to buy Taj Mahal tickets directly from the site? This was an interesting question that was put forward by someone. We really don’t know who! Anyway, considering the fact that the question is absolutely correct and logical, Archeological Survey of India and IRCTC have teamed up together and come up with a solution for the same. The two organizations have created a website from where users can book Taj Mahal tickets online.
Let us check out the steps involved in booking Taj Mahal tickets online:
First Step: Visit the website launched. The address to this website is: http://asi.irctc.co.in. A warning though. Right now as we are writing this article, the website is down and not accessible. We don’t know what has caused this problem. Hopefully, the issue will be resolved soon.
Second Step: On the booking page, you need to select which monument you want to visit. You can select either Taj Mahal or Tomb of Humayun. Once this is selected, go to the next field and select the date when you want to visit the monument. Remember that you can book a ticket only 30 days in advance. Next select the time, number of adults visiting, and number of children visiting. You will then have to select the country where you are coming from and also the citizenship.
You will see two options which are SAARC and BIMSTEC.
Here is the list of SAAR countries:
Here is the list of BIMSTEC countries:
In case you don’t belong from any of these countries, you can select the option which says ‘Foreigner’. Interestingly, if you are an Indian, you can simply select the option ‘India’.
Third Step: Once all fields are selected, hit on Book Now button. Once you do so, you will be asked to provide identity documents. In case you are a foreigner, you will be asked to provide your Passport details. In case you are an Indian, you can use any of the following documents:
- Voter Identity Card
- Aadhar Number
- Credit Card having your photo
- ID card for student (in case a visitor is a student)
- Any ID card issued by Central Government of State Government
- Driver’s license
In case you have children along with you, you need to mention the number of children who are below 15 years of age. This is because these children will be granted free entry and you will not be charged for their tickets.
Fourth Step: Once you have provided these details, you will be asked for a valid email ID. Almost everyone has an email ID but providing the email ID for just one person in a group will suffice. It is a good idea to provide the email ID of the eldest person in the group. You will also need to provide a phone number which has to be an Indian number. In case you are from outside India, you need to provide the phone number of the hotel where you are staying.
Fifth Step: It is time to pay! Proceed to the next step after providing the necessary details and you will be asked to choose a payment option. There are multiple options to choose from. You can use Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Debit Cards with ATM PIN and even Net Banking for paying the total amount. Most likely, foreigners will be restricted to the use of Credit Cards only. We don’t know that for sure because we are Indians.
Sixth Step: Take a print of the e-ticket once the payment is done and the electronic ticket is shown to you on the screen. This is absolutely necessary because you need to carry the printed ticket on the day of the visit and also, you need to show the same identity document that you furnished while booking the ticket online. No exceptions allowed.
Just a few points to remember:
- While booking, identity document for every individual will be required who will be visiting the monument.
- Once booking is done, there is no way the e-ticket will be transferred to someone else in case you fail to visit. If such a case comes up where you cannot visit, your ticket will be cancelled but will not be transferred.
- Money for cancelled tickets are NOT refundable. So, make sure that you visit if you want to save your money.
Quick look at Taj Mahal Ticket Prices (Entry Fees)
|Age: Below 15||Age: 15 years and above|
|SAARC Nations||Free||₹ 510|
|BIMSTEC Nations||Free||₹ 510|
|Any other nation (referred to as foreign countries but not members of SAAR or BIMSTEC)||Free||₹ 750|
Tickets booked will include following benefits for foreign tourists only:
- To and fro transport using mini bus or golf cart from the parking spot to monument and then back to parking.
- Disposable shoes cover (a single pair) inside the monument.
- One mineral water bottle of 500 ml. This is to be collected from a spot next to the ticket window while entering the area.
Indians should not be whining about these because foreigners are paying way more than Indians and hence, they do deserve some extra benefits. What do you think?
Taj Mahal Entry Time (Visiting Time) Day wise
|1||Monday||6AM to 6 PM|
|2||Tuesday||6AM to 6 PM|
|3||Wednesday||6AM to 6 PM|
|4||Thursday||6AM to 6 PM|
|6||Saturday||6AM to 6 PM|
|7||Sunday||6AM to 6 PM|
Taj Mahal Night Viewing.
This happens only 5 days of every month. You will have to take a separate ticket for this. Timing for Taj Mahal night viewing is 8:30 PM to 12:30 AM. The 5 days every month is around full moon day.