Taj Mahal



The world's greatest monument to undying love, the Taj Mahal is glimpsed from the opposite bank of the Yamuna River. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal after her death in 1631, the Taj Mahal took some 20,000 people 22 years to construct. An ethereal silhouette from a distance, the building is in fact covered with elaborate inlays of semiprecious stones forming graceful floral patterns and Persian inscriptions. The romance of this national icon is aptly expressed by Rabindranath Tagore, who described the Taj Mahal as, "a marble teardrop on the cheek of eternity."

Agra, Uttar Pradesh


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