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7 AMAZING Taj Mahal View Point Locations in Agra

7 AMAZING Taj Mahal View Point Locations in Agra

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Discover the best Taj Mahal viewpoint locations to snap unique & iconic photos of the world’s most beautiful building– from the Mehtab Bahg to some secret rooftop cafes!

I still remember the first time I laid eyes on the Taj Mahal. The truth is, I found myself in Agra for the sole purpose of checking it out. Yet, I was initially skeptical. Could it really be that magnificent, or is it just another tourist trap?

Let me tell you that from the first moment I saw that white marble dome from the riverbank viewpoint, I was speechless. So, as a photographer, I sought out the different areas around Agra for the best possible views and perspectives of the Taj Mahal.

The taj mahal from restaurant rooftop in agra india
Photo from my favorite rooftop cafe in Agra (location below)

Best View of the Taj Mahal From a Hotel

After a bit of research and with the help of some local experts, I've listed the best Taj Mahal views you can get from a hotel.

  • Hotel Kamal - This is a great option for people looking for a hotel with a great Taj Mahal vantage point. It's located only a few hundred meters from the Taj and sports a rooftop terrace and restaurant.
  • Hotel Clark's Shiraz - This one is a little further from the Taj Mahal but offers great views of the UNESCO World Heritage building as well as a pool, massage parlor, and spa.
  • Joey's Hostel - If you're looking for a backpacker's hostel in Agra with a rooftop Tah Mahal view point, this might be the one. It's rated as one of the best hostels in Agra for its vibe, location, and views.
  • Zig Zag Hostel - This is where I stayed and they showed me my favorite Taj Mahal viewpoint on their nightly walking tour to their own secret spot. Only accessible to Zig Zag guests.
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Photo from inside the Taj Mahal Grounds

Where to See the Taj Majal in Agra

Below you'll find my list of the best Taj Mahal viewpoint locations so that you can photograph some unique perspectives of this incredible mausoleum.

1. From Inside the Taj Mahal Grounds

By far, the best way to see the Taj Mahal is to witness it up close from within the grounds. Immediately upon wandering through the crimson gates, the Taj Mahal, or "crown of palaces" reveals itself under a symmetrical reflective pond.

You will be able to explore the palace gardens, the riverfront terraces, and the mind-bending marble exterior as you climb up the steps. From within the Taj, you will also get a glimpse of the tomb where its creator: Shah Jahan, and his favorite wife; Mumtaz Mahal are laid to rest.

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Taj Mahal photographed from the Palace Mosque

Be mindful that this is India's most popular tourist attraction, with more than 6.5 million people visiting the grounds each year!

  • Taj Mahal timings: 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset (check updates here)
  • Entry cost: 1,100 rupees for foreigners and 50 rupees for Indians. (+200 rupees to see the main mausoleum). Entrance to the Taj Mahal is a little pricey but easily worth it.

Tip: An excellent Taj Mahal view point from within the grounds is from underneath the red doorways of the mosque (picture below). This is located on the left side of the Taj as you approach it from the entrance.

Taj mahal view point from the palace grounds

2. Taj Mahal River View From the Yamuna

The Hindu temple beside the Taj known as Tejo Mahalaya Chhota Mandir is perhaps one of the most well-known alternative Taj Mahal view point in Agra.

To get here, you just need to walk along the ground's eastern gates towards the river. Once you get to the Yamuna, you'll immediately notice why it's such a great view of the Taj Mahal from the banks.

Although there is a tall fence between the river and the palace grounds, you can still get a great view and snap some awesome shots of the incredible marble wonder from the river bank.

Google Maps Pin: "Taj Yamuna View Point"

Taj mahal view point at the hindu temple, yamunda river, agra
Photo taken from the banks of the Yamuna River

3. See the Taj Mahal From the Mehtab Bagh

The Mehtab Bagh, translated as "Moonlight Garden," is a quadrilateral garden complex found directly opposite the Taj Mahal across the Yamuna River.

The Mehtab Bagh is another popular spot to see the Taj Mahal where you can catch dramatic reflections and beautiful garden foregrounds.

To get to the Mehtab Bag, you will need to walk around the riverbank, heading north and crossing the Strachey Bridge. Then, it's another 2-kilometer walk back south along the Yamuna until you reach the Mehtab Bagh.

Alternatively, you can take a rickshaw for around 150 rupees per person from anywhere around the Taj.

  • Timings: 6 am to 9 pm
  • Entry cost: 300 rupees for foreigners and 25 rupees for Indian locals
Taj mahal from the mehtab bagh in agra, india

4. Agra Fort Taj Mahal View Point

Agra's second-most visited attraction is the Agra Fort. Although it's largely shadowed by its marble wonder of a sister monument, it's recognized as one of the most impressive forts in India.

The Agra Fort is a monumental fortification that can be more accurately described as a mini-city than a fort. Its impressive palaces, vistas, courtyards, and temples span roughly 94 acres beside the Yamuna River, approximately 2 kilometers from the Taj.

As you'd expect, the Agra Fort is one of the best places see the Taj Mahal from. There are several vantage points from within the fort, including decorative windows, balconies, and towers.

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Taj Mahal view from the Agra Fort

5. From a Rooftop Cafe or Hotel

One of the best ways to enjoy the magnificence of the Taj Mahal is from one of the many rooftop cafes and hotels in Agra. While all of the surrounding businesses claim to offer the best view of the Taj Mahal, some are obviously better than others.

At the top of this post, I've you can find the best rooftop restaurants & hotel terraces to see the Taj Mahal from. My favourite is the Hotel Kamal.

The beauty of it is that there are actually many "hidden gems" that offer great Taj views without needing to fork out the tourist tax rupees. So, make sure to check them out while you're in Agra.

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View of the Taj Mahal from the Hotel Sai Palace restaurant

6. Taj Mahal View from Yamuna River

Okay, so this Taj Mahal perspective is a little different and slightly controversial. I'm sure many of you reading this have seen the iconic sunrise photo from aboard a rowboat on the Yamuna River, sporting a magnificent Taj Mahal backdrop.

The truth is that Taj Mahal river boats are actually now not permitted due to security reasons. However, after doing a bit of research online, I've found that it is still possible, albeit risky.

Since I couldn't find a boat willing to take the risk during my time in Agra, I, unfortunately, can't offer you the details. However, below I've embedded a vlog that does a great job of highlighting the Taj Mahal riverboat experience.

YouTube video

7. Secret Sunset Taj Mahal View Point (For Zig Zag Hostel Guests)

The final item on this list of the best Taj Mahal view point locations is my personal favorite. To get here, you'll need to be a guest at the Zig Zag hostel in Agra.

Due to some local family connections, the owners of Zig Zag hostel have access to an old tower monument along the Yamuna River that offers some of the best Taj Mahal viewing areas in Agra.

This Taj Mahal location is on private land, so you can't get to the vantage point without their help.

I was told to stay at Zig Zag by two different travelers during my recent trip to India. They both mentioned that it was a must-stay considering how awesome their secret viewpoint is.

Zig Zag runs daily walking tours and sunset trips to the Taj Mahal vantage point and if you're the kind of person that likes to stay at hostels, then I highly recommend staying here.

Book now: ZigZag Hostel Agra

Taj mahal sunset from zig zag hostel secret viewing point

Here's a fun fact: the Taj Mahal was initially supposed to be built in Burhanbpur! However, logistical issues with getting all the necessary white marble made this impossible, and hence the construction was moved to Agra, where it sits today.

My Favorite Agra Restaurants with Taj Mahal Views

After searching for the best rooftop restaurant view of the Taj Mahal in Agra, I discovered these few gems. A few of these were local recommendations, while some I found online and one by just mere chance.

  • Saniya Palace - The Saniya Palace is well-renowned in Agra is one of the best places to see the Taj Mahal. It's slightly classy but the meals are not too expensive (around 300 rupees per person).
  • Mumtaz Cafe Gallery - This first one is a little pricey but offers what I believe to be one of the best Taj Mahal restaurant rooftop views. Although it's a little further from the Taj, the views are interrupted and quite spectacular.
  • Hotel Sai Palace - I stumbled on this little-known restaurant on the southern side of the Taj Mahal while looking for a budget-friendly restaurant with Taj Mahal views. These guys make great food and offer vegetarian thalis for 50 rupees and lassis for only 30!

What Can Be Seen in Front of the Taj?

Looking to skimp out and not pay for an entry ticket? Unfortunately, due to the large wall in front of the Taj, there really isn't much of a view of the front looking from the outside.

However, as you've seen in this article, there are plenty of places you can get a great vantage point without paying. In saying that, there really isn't a substitute for seeing this amazing marvel from inside the grounds.

Again, the best way to book a ticket and avoid the long line is to book online in advance.

I hope you've found this travel guide useful. If you've captured some great photos of the Taj from some of the locations I've mentioned, share it by dropping a link to your Instagram in the comments section.

Otherwise, check out more of my guides below. And, if you've managed to stumble upon some more locations that aren't listed here, make sure to let us know!

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I'm Olly Gaspar, adventure traveler from Australia. I’ve spent the last six years traveling the world full-time, sharing my first-hand experiences & photography in over 700 travel guides on We Seek Travel. I visit every destination I write about to bring you unique travel itineraries, epic hiking routes, fun tour ideas, travel & photography gear ideas, & interesting places to stay.

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