The famous mausoleum of the Taj Mahal is a masterpiece of Mughal art, built in White Marble with purely symmetrical design, which together with its peaceful environment and the love story surrounding the Taj Mahal make it one of the seven wonders of the modern world and the favourite tourist destination for all who visit India.
It is said that the craziest things are made for love, and watching the Taj Mahal one cannot but agree. After the death of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal, the lover Muslim emperor Shah Jahan decided to build the largest tomb ever seen, and even though she could never see it, the disconsolate emperor spared no expense.
Its construction needed the labour of 20,000 workers who worked for 23 years to finish the mausoleum. Among the materials used the most noticeable is the characteristic white marble from Jodhpur mines, but that is not all, the mausoleum was provided with the best gemstones brought from every corner of the known world at that time, so in the Taj Mahal we can see decorations with Turquoise from Tibet, Himalayan Quartz, Chrysolite from Egypt, Ceylon sapphires, Jade and Crystal from China, Amethyst from Persia and even Diamonds of Golconda. He spared no expense to give his wife a palace worthy of her beauty.
If you visit the Taj Mahal please also visit the minarets that flank the mausoleum which were built with a slight tilt to the outside so that in case of collapse, they would never fall on the mausoleum.
Moreover, in the complex of adjacent buildings you will find a mosque and the "Charbagh" or gardens surrounding the complex which are the perfect place where to immortalize the visit with a picture of the Taj Mahal reflected in the water of the main pond, an unforgettable image of your visit to this beautiful place.
And as it could not have been otherwise, this love story ended tragically, the elderly emperor besieged by his own son, spent the last years of his life confined near the Taj Mahal. According to the story, he spent all his time looking out of the window to the mausoleum, perhaps longing for his dead wife or maybe fascinated by the beauty of the place where she rested.