The Taj Mahal, in Agra, Uttar Pradesh was built between 1632 and 1653 on the orders of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, as a memorial for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal,who died giving birth to their fourteenth child.Built over-looking the Yamuna river, this white marble mausoleum, adornedwith fine carvings and inlays of semi precious stones representing Koranic verses and floral and geometric motifs, was created by about 30 architects and 20,000 workers. Also Read - Man Walks 200 KMs From Delhi to Reach Madhya Pradesh But Dies in Agra

The building was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983. In the twentieth century the building began showing the effects of industrial pollution. In 1993, 212 factories in Agra were shut down in order to preserve the structure’s whiteness, a symbol of the purity of soul. Also Read - Shah Jahan Urs Called Off This Year as Taj Mahal Closes Amid COVID-19 Scare

No matter from where you see it – a hot balloon, from the red-bricked mosques on either side, across the Yamuna in a boat, gardens of Mehtab Bagh right across – it looks like a surreal dream from every angle. Also Read - Holi Gone Wrong: 17 Injured as Two Groups Erupt Into Clashes in Uttar Pradesh

Here’s presenting the monument in all it’s splendour and beauty: