No group tours to India are complete without a visit to the building that is on many holidaymakers' "Bucket List" to see before they die.
The Taj Mahal is instantly recognisable to most people around the globe.
This vast white marble mausoleum is usually the first site visitors on city breaks to Agra want to see.
It was built in Uttar Pradesh between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
The Taj Mahal's pure white marble stunningly shimmers silver in the moonlight, glows softly pink at dawn, and at twilight mirrors the fiery tints of the setting sun.
This building's beauty and history won it a UNESCO World Heritage Site accolade in addition to its place as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
This "Crown of Palaces" is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired cultural sites.
Several experts see it as the best example of Mughal architecture, a genre that fuses components from Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles.
The small town to the south of the Taj, Taj Ganji or Mumtazabad, was originally built with to serve the needs of the several thousand visitors and workmen.
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