It’s no secret that many visitors travel to India to witness the beauty of the Taj Mahal. The stunning details and intricate designs in the marble are definitely something that you’ll want to see up close. However, if you plan it just right you can visit the Taj Mahal for sunrise and then seek out this secret spot for sunset to get all the best views of this beauty. This guide will tell you exactly how to find this Taj Mahal sunset spot so you can experience it for yourself!
We had seen many pictures of this special location from some of our favorite Instagram feeds. So naturally, I added it to my list of locations that we needed to view the Taj Mahal.
There were a few tips on how to reach this location but so many people had used a local guide or photographer to take them there. We didn’t have a guide and were intent on discovering this place by ourselves.
I had an idea as to where it was generally located on a map but not exactly sure how to get there. We made some wrong turns, got lost, ended up getting followed by a group of children and trudged through some hefty mounds of dirt.
But we found it eventually and it was SO WORTH IT!
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Luckily for you I’m going to include all the details so that you can find this secret spot to see the Taj Mahal for yourself!
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How to Get to the Taj Mahal Sunset Spot
Depending on where you are staying in Agra you want to first make your way toward the East Gate entrance. Its best to take either an UBER or a Rickshaw but once they get to a certain point they are not allowed to enter.
You will be dropped off about a half mile from the booking counter on the East Gate for the Taj Mahal entrance. Here you can easily walk the rest of the way in.
Another option is to have your driver drop you off just a before this point at this location in the picture. Here you can pay 10 rupees per person to have this little buggy take you almost all the way to the booking counter and save yourself the walk.
From there walk past the booking counter until the end of Taj East Gate Road and take a right.
You will now be on Dashehara Ghat Road. This road will take you along side of the Taj which will be on your left.
Eventually you will come to a fork in the road and you will go to the right to continue on Dashehara Ghat Road.
Now this is where you will need to pay attention.
You will continue down this road about a half mile, maybe less. The dirt road will continue around towards the right but this is where you want to go left!
I know, I know, it doesn’t look right. But trust me, it is!
And don’t worry, if you miss this turn like we did there is another way. A bit more interesting but it will still get you there! Also, be sure to walk along side the road as there will be many motorbikes wizzing by.
So, if you walked right by the first left turn keep walking until you reach this spot in the picture.
Do you see that large rock structure on the left? Good, keep walking through the colorful buildings until you reach the spot in the next picture and turn left. Walk in between the blue structure and the home.
Be careful where you step or your walk will become a bit unpleasant.
After you walk through this spot you will see that large rock formation on your left. Keep walking straight. On your right you will walk past a small cemetery.
You’re almost there! As you continue to walk straight you will start to see the Taj Mahal in front of you. This is a very good sign! Follow the path around and you will eventually see the structure you’ve been looking for and the gate to enter through.
There are quite a few people at the entrance gate so you’ll know you’ve made it. With the increased popularity of this spot, they are now charging a fee for tourists to enter. Luckily, it’s only 50 rupees per person (0.72 USD).
We arrived about an hour before sunset and had the whole place to ourselves. Just as we were leaving a guide with a group of people showed up.
So while we weren’t there to watch the sun set all the way, it was worth showing up a bit early to beat the crowds! Fortunately, there is no time restriction and you can stay for as long as you’d like.
Important Tips for Visiting the Taj Mahal Sunset Spot
- It costs 50 rp per person to enter
- Visit just before sunset to beat the crowds and leave before it gets dark so you don’t get lost
- GPS Coordinates are 27.1770576, 78.0462014
- Bring a tripod to get the best shots!
- Wear close toed shoes for the walk, you can go barefoot at the location
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World of Lina says
Omg wow! It was definitely worth it finding that spot 😍
So worth it!! I hope you make it here one day too Lina!
Love this guide – definitely adding this to my list when I (finally) decide to visit India. I do find it annoying when people post on IG and keep the location secret 😛
Thanks so much Nam! And yes, totally agree with that! These locations definitely need to be shared!
Brittany Hay says
Love this! When I visit the Taj Mahal, this is exactly the type of information I would like to have. Your photos are incredible
So happy to hear that Brittany! There will be many other posts about the Taj Mahal so stay tuned!
Ah I was in Agra this April but I missed out on this spot. I went all the way to Dussehra ghat but the sun had already set by that time. I’m glad you managed to get there and take nice pictures though!
Oh such a bummer but just an excuse to go back! We went to the ghat too and the view was also nice from there but definitely better from this spot!
What a great informative post! And such a great spot. If I ever make it to India, I’ll definitely use your tips on how to find it.
I’m so glad you found it useful Aga! Let me know if you ever need anymore help for your travels to India!
Julia Dent says
That is such a great find! I love finding spots to see sunrises and sunsets so I’ll have to check this spot out! And thanks for the detailed instructions 🙂
Thanks so much Julia!! And yes, make sure to add this place to your list when you visit the Taj Mahal! You won’t want to miss it!
Thank you for such a detailed guide! I’d love to go to India one day, and this spot looks beautiful. I have seen it a few times and wanted to go. I love guides like this that show you pictures along the way too so that you know you are going the right way 🙂
Thanks so much Christine! I hope you get to go one day as well! I’m also happy that you found this guide to be helpful with all the pictures and tips to help you find the right location!
Taylor Taverna says
This is SO helpful! I wish that I had read this before I went to India. But I guess it is just an excuse to go back!
Thank you so much Taylor! And it is definitely a reason to go back!!
Nancy Williams says
For so long, India wasn’t on my list to visit. But, the more I see, the more I like and changing my mind on visiting.
That’s so amazing to hear! It’s definitely a country that brought me way outside my comfort zone but has so much beauty and wonderful places to visit!
Aww, would’ve loved to have these tips when we visited last year! Awesome shots 🙂
Well just a reason to come back to India then! And thank you for the kind words!
Taylor Deer says
This is awesome Marisa! Thank you so much for providing this information. I am hoping to get to India sometime in the near future and of course want to see the Taj Mahal. Your photos are stunning.
Aww thank you so much Taylor!! There will be many more India posts to come so keep checking back! And I hope you make it here soon!
I have read alot of good things about about the Taj Mahal. Indeed it is magnificent and a place worth visiting.
It really is Edward! I hope you can make it there one day! Let me know if you have any more questions or need help with your trip!
Eunice Tan says
Thanks for the detailed directions! Definitely saving this for the future.
You’re so welcome Eunice!! I hope it comes in handy one day!
Binish Pirwani says
This is absolutely unreal. I’m SO glad I found this for my upcoming trip – thank you so much for sharing!!
I’m so happy it was helpful for you! And I really hope that you have a wonderful time on your trip and seeing the Taj Mahal!
Hi! This is exactly what i was looking for. Thank you so much!
Did you feel secure while walking alone to go there ? I want to go there with my husband .
Thanks for your help!
H! You’re so welcome! Yes, we definitely felt safe but made sure to start walking back prior to the sun completely setting so we wouldn’t be walking back in the dark! The pictures should lead you down the exact path!
This would have been so helpful when I went to India! I tried to find this spot but gave up after being lost for so long haha
Oh no! I’m so bummed you didn’t find it! Most people use a guide but we ended up spending like an hour walking around, looking at maps and walking down by the river to try and locate it! Hopefully you’ll make it back one day and can visit!