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Just like there is no such thing like a 'bad time to live' in a lifetime, likewise, there is no such thing as an 'awful time to visit' the Taj. Whatever be the time, the Taj won't stop exuding its charm and magnetism that draws thousands and lakhs of footfall to its humble abode. Yet, most people do want to know the best time to visit this monumental delight. If one wants to visit the Taj during summers, one would need high endurance levels to hold up under the scorching summer heat. Therefore, the cooler winter months of October to March is hence considered a best time to visit the Taj Mahal Complex.
That said, before you pay a visit to the Taj, you should also know the best time of the day or night to view it. The Taj is known to exude different moods during different hours of the day. With each change from sunrise to sunset, you will notice the different shades of the Taj. The visual brilliance of the Taj is at its crest during the break of dawn and under a full moonlit night-sky.
Sunrise at the Taj
The sun ascending from the horizon surely serves as one of the of most incredible sights to view, and what better way to experience an awe-inspiring sight of the Taj Mahal as it it over to watch it assume its position up there while you stand on the premises of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It's a momentary joy when the magnificence of the dawn and the Taj come full circle together to make for some amazing pictures of the Taj, as it changes from delicate dark and pink to a delicate red gleam.
Sunset at the Taj
As the day progresses, as the sun journeys from the East to the West, the magnificence of the Taj does not fade. It, in fact, reflects in sparkling white hue that can captivate any eye. You will also notice the varied transcending shades of the Taj as the sun descends the stairways of the sky and prepares to bid adios to the world. It is then that the Taj lays down its last trap for the world to be awestruck and mesmerized. From a searing yellow, it seamlessly transforms to a delicate orange and then shifts to a pearly-white glow until the moon reveals itself in full only to be traveling with the Taj throughout the night. It is then that one experiences the real power of the Taj's calm disposition as it shines to the world in the stillness of the night under a full moonlit sky.
A Full Moonlit Sky for The Taj
By nightfall, when the moon is in its full bloom against the deep-blue blanket of the sky, the magnificence that the Taj is revealed and what one witnesses is beyond words. A silver gleam seems to take control of the Taj, mesmerizing onlookers to a point that any else that you see at the moment will become obsolete. This breathtaking exchange of colourful hues from when the sun rises to the moment that it sets to reveal the moonlit night, typically suggests the feeling of nearness to God, who perhaps one may have only felt in their prayers and not seen in human form.
So, what could be the best time to visit the Taj? Is it dawn, noon, dusk or the night?
Night-viewing of the Taj is permitted on a full-moon night, two days before it and two days after it. Tickets should be reserved in advance.
The best months to visit are October, November, December, January, February and March.