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."
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