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Location of the Taj Mahal


The Taj Mahal is located in the city of Agra, a city of great importance located 176 km as the crow flies from New Delhi, the capital. It has 1.7 million inhabitants nowadays. In Agra, the Taj Mahal is in the east, in the richest areas of the city at the time of its construction. It is on the banks of the Yamuna River, 3Kms from the city center and its main train station. Contrary to what one might think the Taj Mahal is bordering the city, ie its main gate is along an urban avenue beyond which the city extends. This monument has this in common with the pyramids of the Giza plateau in Egypt, which are also on the border of Cairo.

The GPS coordinates of the Taj Mahal are exactly 27 ° 10'30.05 "North and 78 ° 2'31.76" East. If you have Google Earth software, then click on this link or open it by double-clicking it, once downloaded: It will tell you the exact location of the mausoleum: Google Earth links.

The site was not chosen at random, it met several criteria. First of all it lies to the east of the city of Agra. At the time of Shah Jahan, in the seventeenth century, this whole area was made up of Mughal gardens, residences of high dignitaries and various palaces. When we know that gardens correspond to a divine concept in Islam, we understood that this environment was rather favorable to the establishment of a tomb of empress. Then the banks of the Yamuna were interesting because this river is a tributary of the Ganges, but in the Hindu religion, the Ganges is the purifying river, the one where the ashes of the deceased are poured out to purify their souls. To locate an Imperial tomb on the banks of the Yamuna means to adhere to the idea that the waters of the river will pass into the Ganga and purify the soul of the Empress. Since Shah Jahan was a Muslim, paying attention to this allowed him to put forward his quest for understanding with respect to the Hindu population he ruled over.


Vue aérienne d'Agra et du Taj Mahal

On this map the Taj Mahal is just south of the river just after the big bend it makes east of downtown. It is recognized by its whiteness and its regular cross just drawn, just below.


Who owned the land on which the Taj Mahal was built?

It's a curious question, but it deserves an answer. Above all, it is important to know that as an emperor, Shah Jahan lacked land, he could have used one of the many lands he had, but after studying them he decided that none corresponded to what he was really searching. He decided to buy it from Raja Jai Singh, who came from Ajmer, Rajasthan. This character had this land on the edge of the Yamuna and sold it to the emperor (Has he had a choice?) In exchange for four havellis (houses) in the city of Agra. This is the columnist Abdul Hamid Lahauri who teaches us, he said in his book "Padshahnamah". We also find the trace of this transaction in the royal decrees of the time.


Address

Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India

The map


Map of the world

Map of the world

From a general point of view, the Taj Mahal is located in the Indian sub-continent, near the center of the country. Let's go down to see her a little closer.

India

India

Approaching at the country level it is confirmed that the Taj Mahal is near the center of the country.

Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh

Approaching Agra, the city is part of Uttar Pradesh province. It can be located in relation to New Delhi, but also from Kanpur.

Agra

Agra

A map of Agra shows us that the Taj Mahal is to the east of the city, close to the river and a large forest area.

Suburbs of Agra

Suburbs of Agra

This district of Agra is the eastern part of the city. The Taj Mahal starts to show on the map.

The site of Taj Mahal

The site of Taj Mahal

Detailled view of Agra.

Distances

The Taj Mahal is only a few kilometers from Agra city center, exactly 3.3 kms as the crow flies. By the roads it takes little time to reach it, especially since there are some big avenues and other fast lanes for that. On the other hand to join Agra while arriving from abroad, it is necessary to pass by New Delhi, which is with a little more than 200kms of there. To go from one city to another one must take one of the two highways, which will make you between 3h and 3h30 of journey. Arriving by Kanpur, in the East, it takes a little less than 300Kms, between 4h and 4h30 highway. Do not be surprised at the slowness of distance, it's just that we're used to European standards, in terms of speed, but in India, traffic makes it takes a lot longer to cover great distance. To finish, know that it takes about 20h to arrive from Calcutta (1265Kms), 22h from Bombay (1350Kms) and 32h from Pondichery (2120Kms).

To find out more about the best way to get there, check out the Agra city folder.

Otherwise, for the sake of curiosity, know that the Taj Mahal is 2 783Kms from the temple of the Buddha of Emeuraude, in Bangkok, 6 748Kms of the Eiffel Tower, 3,792 of the Forbidden City of Beijing, 6,895 of the Tower of London, 11,959Kms from the Statue of Liberty and 14,457 Kms from Christ the Redeemer of Rio! Of course, all these distances are expressed as the crow flies.



See also:

Visit the Taj Mahal

History of the Taj Mahal




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