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Things you need to know before visiting the Taj Mahal

Ramp at Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is one of the most sought tourist attractions in India. As a wheelchair user, it was good to see that the Taj Mahal had ramps throughout.

Taj Mahal is visited regularly by many people with disabilities and has good accessibility levels. Except the main tomb level, pretty much all area is accessible on a wheelchair.
India is an amazing destination to travel for people with disabilities but needs extra planning.

The best time to visit the monument is early morning before the sun is out, because the marble becomes very hot during the day and you are supposed to walk bare feet. I was of course on my wheelchair, so the floor temperature had little meaning for me.

The parking is located about 1 km away from the Taj complex entrance. There are eco-friendly vehicles; that are used by visitors to negotiate this 1 km distance. None of these vehicles are accessible to people using wheelchairs. Therefore, the biggest challenge is actually wheeling this long distance on a manual wheelchair. You need someone to push your wheelchair.


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Aqeel Qureshi
Aqeel Qureshi

Aqeel Qureshi is Founder and CEO, Techbility and passionate about improving the online experience for persons with disabilities by ensuring that all information systems are accessible to the broadest possible audience. Aqeel has served as Vice President of the GAATES (, and the Editor of the Global Accessibility News (GAN). Aqeel is currently serving as Chair of the RI-ICTA for the Asia Pacific.