What can be said about the mighty Taj Mahal in Agra that hasn’t been said before? That it is one of the finest monuments ever built by man is a fact nobody who has witnessed its magnificence can refute. The world-renowned wonder Taj Mahal, often referred to as the epitome of love, was built by Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It looks the same from all four sides. One look at the Taj Mahal and you know why it is the most visited tourist attraction of the country. The construction started in 1632 and was completed in 1653. The workforce of some 20,000 included craftsmen from Italy, Persia and Turkey. It is built by the bank of the Yamuna river.
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The Taj Mahal is flanked by two smaller red stone buildings, one a mosque and the other a rest house. To enter the mausoleum, you need to put a cloth around your feet like for any temple in India. You can rent it for a small fee just before the stairs leading to the tomb. The interiors are rather dark, and on first sight there’s not much to see, but if you take a closer look you will see all the fine marble carvings decorated with many precious and semiprecious stones of any color. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it remains one of the greatest monuments of India and the world.
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