Perhaps India's most recognizable building, the Taj Mahal is also the world's most famous testimony to the power of love. Named after Mumtaz Mahal, the favorite wife of Emperor Shah Jahan, this most beautiful of mausoleums was begun upon her death in 1631 and took 20,000 workmen 22 years to complete. Incorporating many elements of Islamic design including arches, minarets, an onion-shaped dome, and black calligraphy inlaid around the entrance, the Taj Mahal is largely constructed of white marble decorated with delicate inlaid floral patterns and precious and semi-precious stones such as jade, lapis lazuli, diamonds, and mother of pearl. Hot Tip: The best time to visit is either at dawn or dusk when the atmosphere is brilliantly altered by the change in lighting (if possible, try to catch a view of the Taj Mahal's reflection from the far bank of the Yamuna River).
Address: 64 Taj Road, Agra-282001
Government of Uttar Paradesh
Rajashri Purshottam Das Tandon Paryatan Bhavan,
C-13, Vipin Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, U.P.