I wanted to keep this post short and sweet, because when it comes to the jewel of India, the Taj Mahal, I feel like it speaks for itself. This ivory-white marble mausoleum in Agra, India was built from 1632-1653 and was commissioned by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife. At the time, the completion of the Taj Mahal was said to have cost 32 million rupees, and is now worth 52.8 billion rupees.
The Taj Mahal was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 and now attracts 7-8 million visitors each year. If you can, arrive as early as humanly possible to line up to enter, this way you’ll beat the hordes of people like the ones that appear in some of my photos. Unfortunately we visited towards closing time which means it was packed with visitors, but even as a busy attraction, the Taj Mahal can’t be skipped. Here are my photos which I think speak for themselves and show just a bit of how beautiful this mausoleum actually is.