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Shah Jahan never entered the Taj Mahal through its gates. Instead, he approached the Taj by boat, sailing down the River Yamuna that runs behind the Taj Mahal.

 

Best Time to Visit Agra

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Here’s a monthly breakup of Agra's climatic conditions so you can plan when to go:

October to March: The best time to visit Agra is between autumn and winter as by this time the heat has ebbed and the weather is pleasant and perfect for sightseeing. Spend an afternoon at the Taj complex ambling through the grounds and enjoying the beauty of this magnificent monument. Walk through the many bazars of Agra buying souvenirs and presents and practice your bargaining skills. Choose to sit on a rooftop restaurant with a view of the Taj Mahal while enjoying a cup of coffee. If you’re visiting Agra in December an January, carry woolen clothing as temperatures can drop to as low as 2 degrees Celsius.

August to October: August marks the beginning of monsoon in Agra and is a great time to witness the Taj Mahal in its rain-washed splendor. Splash through the local bazaars in a cycle rickshaw and enjoy a cup of tea at a local tea stall. Carry an umbrella or a raincoat and don’t let the rain dampen your spirit of travel.

April to July: This is the beginning of summer and even though the temperatures rise, the timing is perfect as the crowds begin to thin and good deals are available on hotels. Carry light cotton clothes, sunglasses, sunscreen and a water bottle and enjoy the sights of Agra at leisure.