The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage“. It coveres area of about 221 hectare (552 acres), which includes the 38 hectare taj mahal and the 183 hectare taj protected forest area.
The Taj Mahal, the most famous monument in the world, happens to be the final resting place of a lady who was the favourite wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Heartbroken when she died in giving birth, the Emperor decided to build a testament to his love in white marble that would dazzle the world.
In fact he had plans to build an identical tomb for himself in black marble on the opposite bank of the river Yamuna, but these plans were spoilt by his own son Aurangzeb. The son imprisoned the father and took over the kingdom keeping the him in a room in the Agra Fort which overlooked the Taj Mahal. The Taj was recently voted into the new list of Seven Wonders of the World with a thumping majority.