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Taj Mahal - a jewel in the chronicle of history, this mausoleum stands tall as the most splendid piece of architecture devoted to the feeling called love. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the edifice took 22 years of toil by 20,000 labourers to be completed and was commissioned in 1653. The total cost of construction is said to have been 320 milions at that time. It is adorned with 28 types of precious and semi-precious stones that have been used for the inlay work and were brought in from Tibet, China, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Arabia. Listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal is one of the most visited tourist destinations on earth.
The enchanting marble creation viewed by day gives you a feeling of the surreal and by night transports you into the sublime romance of centuries gone by. The gardens and fountains surrounding it give the visitor a feel of the regal epoch of love. It is a said that Emperor Shah Jahan got this monument built in loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal who died during childbirth. Though the queen had breathed her last in Burhanpur, more than 600 kilometres from Agra, the king got her remains shifted to the mausoleum after its completion. After his death the emperor was also laid to rest in the memorial alongside his wife. History has a way of intriguing, fascinating and bewildering the present. The magnitude of this construction more than three hundred years ago and to such absolute perfection in its symmetry and beauty is a baffling reality that has been studied by historians and architects for generations. The Taj is a magnet that attracts our sensibilities to explore and admire its brilliance time and again. Come and explore this marvel with us and experience the magical wonder coupled with unmatched hospitality.
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