The main gate of Taj faces the Southern gate. The gateway is 151 fl. by 117 fl. and rises to a height of lOO fl. Tourists can enter the main compound by a small gate at the side of the main gate.
Eatables, cigarettes, pan masalas and matchboxes are not allowed inside the monument. There is a cloakroom to the right of this gate where one can keep their luggage.
This main gate is built in red sandstone and measures 30 mt. in height. 11 is inscribed with verses from the Koran in Arabic, The small domed pavilions on top are Hindu in style and. signify regality.
A striking feature of the gateway is that the lettering appears to be of the same size. The engravers have skilfully enlarged and lengthened the letters which creates an illusion of uniformity.
As one enters the gateway the Taj comes into full view like a chaste dream come true. Well laid out gardens measuring 300 x 300 mt. in the form of a Charbagh are spread on either side of the pavement.
In the centre is a platform from where tourists can capture the Taj on film.