A quick guide to the restoration of the Taj Mahal – 2018 Update

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Taj Mahal Restoration – July 2018 Update

For various reasons there has been a delay in starting the cleaning process for the main dome of the Taj Mahal. Currently, there are no scaffoldings present on the main dome.

Work is expected to start soon though, with the hope that it would be completed before October which is the start of the main tourist season.

Should the engineers decide that work on the main dome cannot be finished before October, there is a suggestion that this part of the restoration process may be postponed until April 2019, leaving the dome clear of scaffolding for the coming season.


The Taj Mahal, one of India’s most iconic structures, is getting a much need facelift, but if you’re worried that it might affect your India tour, this handy guide will tell you everything you need to know.

Why is the Taj Mahal getting a face-lift?

The almost-four-century-old Taj Mahal is finally showing signs of ageing. Air pollution is unfortunately turning its ivory-white complexion – yellow.
Adding to the colouration problems, the Yamuna River, with which the Taj Mahal shares a river bank, is contaminated and the insects that breed in its waters are leaving patches of green residue on it’s marble.

How is the Taj Mahal being restored?

In order to restore the Taj Mahal’s glistening white marble, mud-pack therapy is being used.

In the mud-pack therapy process, a clay substance known as Fuller’s Earth is spread across the marble of the Taj Mahal and left to dry over the course of a few days. As the mud dries, the Fuller’s Earth draws out all the dirt. Plastic sheets are also placed over the mud pack to ensure that it remains dry.

Once the mud pack has dried completely, the mud pack simply falls off and the marble is then cleaned with distilled water to remove any last traces of dirt. Quick, easy and most importantly, non-corrosive and non-abrasive!

How long will it last?

Restoration on the Taj Mahal is expected to be finished by November 2018. The process is being done in stages, with different facades and sections being done one at a time.

Here’s the current cleaning schedule (note that this may well change or be subject to delays as time goes on):

  • Southern Facade: June to August 2017
  • South East Minaret: June to August 2017
  • South West Facade: June to August 2017
  • Northern Facade: August to October 2017
  • Western Facade: October to December 2017
  • Four Kiosk at roof of Main Mausoleum: January 2018 to April 2018
  • Pinnacle and Dome: May 2018 to November 2018

If you really want pristine photos of the Taj Mahal, then it’s probably best to hold off your Indian adventure until late in 2018 or even 2019. However, a visit to this magnificent monument will always remain a magical experience!

On all our website India tour itineraries, as well as visiting the Taj itself, we also view it from the other side of the river. So, you should still get some great pictures and see at least one of the main facades without any scaffolding.

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4 Comments

  1. I will be traveling to Taj Mahal next year 2019 with a group of about 60 women, please kindly tell me the current status of this city and its historical sites?

    • Hi Felisha

      Agra is an outstanding city to visit with a host historical sites to visit. The Taj Mahal may be undergoing a revamp, but it should be done and look even more majestic by 2019.

      However Agra is not only known for its exotic Taj Mahal but also for its rich history associated with the Mughal era. Agra Fort was built during the regime of Emperor Akbar, and was basically used for military purposes. It was during the time of Shah Jahan the fort was utilized for residential purposes.

      Agra offers an immense variety of food; right from sweet to spicy everything in its perfect state can be found here.

  2. I am thinking of visiting Agra in February 2019. However, have just learned that there is a big chance that the Taj Mahal will still be unergoing restoration work. Do you have a positive information.
    Thank you.