If you are planning to see the gardens you must get a guided tour (which is free). There is no other way to see the upper garden. The queue for this can last some time and there is a rather misleading sign placed about 8 feet away from the main queue saying that the tours leave from that location (rather than the gate nearby)
The shrine is only possible to visit between the hours of 09.00 - 12.00 but it is well worth a visit. The architect planned for the shrine and the gardens to be 'like a diamond set within a ring' and they are certainly amazing.
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