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World Monuments - Taj Mahal & its Love Story

Updated on January 19, 2011

The Taj Mahal is in India and is one of the wonders of the World. The story behind it is a beautiful, but sad one. A symbol of love built by Emperor Shah Jahanin in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal – who he loved very much.

He had fallen in love with her at first sight when he was 14 years old and she (A Muslim Persian Princess) was 15 years old at the time. When they got married, he gave her the title of Mumtaz Mahal, meaning the "Jewel of the Palace". Though he had other wives, she was his third and favourite wife, accompanying him everywhere.

She died during the child birth of their 14th child due to complications. As she lay dying, she made him promise to build the most beautiful monument in her memory.


The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal

A few years after her death, Shah Jahanin built the world's most beautiful monument "Taj Mahal". It took over 22 years to complete and the building can appear to be a different colour depending on what time of the day it is. It attracts between 2 - 4 million visitors/tourists every year.


Notice how the colour of the building has changed.
Notice how the colour of the building has changed.


The fastest way to get to the Taj Mahal, in Agra is by air. The city of Taj, Agra, has its own airport and it is about 7 km from the city centre. Indian Airlines operate flights daily.


Closer look at the Taj Mahal


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