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Taj Mahal


The Taj Mahal   is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658), to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb is the centrepiece of a 17-hectare (42-acre) complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees, which in 2015 would be approximately 52.8 billion rupees (US$827 million). The construction project employed some 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects led by the court architect to the emperor, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.

The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage". Described by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore as "the tear-drop on the cheek of time", it is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India's rich history. The Taj Mahal attracts 7–8 million visitors a year. In 2007, it was declared a winner of the New 7 Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative.


Main Attraction : The Taj Mahal attracts a large number of tourists. UNESCO documented more than 2 million visitors in 2001, which had increased to about 7–8 million in 2014 and the main reason for this is that the legendary has been listed under one of the seven wonders of the world.

Amazing Fact : It is believed that the Emperor Shah Jahan s cut off the hands of the Taj Mahal's architect and his workers after the structure was completed, ensuring they would never build another one of its kind. 

LocationAgra, Uttar Pradesh 282001


Tmings : From Sun rise to Sun Set
The Mahal will not be open on Fridays.

Entry Fees :
Indians : Rs. 40
Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries : Rs. 530
Foreigner : Rs. 1000

Images from Taj Mahal

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