Can a kohen enter the Taj Mahal? When visiting India is a kohen allowed to enter even certain parts of the Taj Mahal? The tombs themselves are of non-Jews, of course, and they are buried beneath the earth.

  • According to Wikipedia most of the area is a memorial and not a tomb. You would first need to identify the tomb area and the mosque before considering what halachos apply. The tomb is the centrepiece of a 17-hectare (42-acre)[5] complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall. Even the tomb area may have only a small section that would be a problem. – sabbahillel Oct 30 '17 at 23:10

This is taken from a different question (Issues of Tumah vis a vis non-Jewish human remains)


The remains of a non-Jew convey tumas meis if they are touched or carried. Although all agree that the halacha is that the remains of a non-Jew convey tumah through touching and carrying, there is a dispute as to whether the remains of a non-Jew convey tumas ohel. The Shulchan Aruch rules that it is proper to be stringent (Yoreh Deah 372:2).

Therefore it seems as though it is proper (according to the Shulchan Aruch) for a Kohen to be stringent and avoid the Taj Mahal as it represents an "ohel" for a corpse. As always, one should consult their LOR.

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