Taj Mahal located on the banks of the Yamuna River is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial built this marble tomb to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. A dream etched in milky white pristine marble is the peerless monument portraying the beauty of eternal love! A commemoration of the memory of Shahjahan's beloved wife, Taj Mahal is indeed India's rich tribute to womanhood. Shah Jahan, the ever-constructing sultan was particularly fond of building, the proof being-the city of Shah Jahanabad as old Delhi is called today and the magnificent Taj Mahal.
The construction of the Taj commenced in 1631, and was completed in 1653. Situated on the banks of the Yamuna, the Taj is enclosed in a garden amidst fountains and ornamental trees. Workers were gathered from all over the country and from Central Asia, and about 20,000 people were recruited to translate this wild dream into a reality. The main architect was “Ustad Isa Khan”, who was brought all the way from Shiraz in Iran. The walled complex includes two mosques and an imposing gateway. The tomb is encased in white marble that is decorated with flawless sculptures and inlaid design of flowers and calligraphy cut from precious gems.
The silver light of the full moon shines upon the cool white dome of the Taj softly glowing in the night air. However, the radiance of dawn and the orange glow of sunset also illumine the splendor of this beautiful monument. Even in the bright light of the day, this marble wonder shines with an awe-inspiring loveliness.