Breathtaking is the best word to describe the Taj Mahal. I love the story behind this beautiful wonder of the world and seeing it for the second time made me fall in love with it all over again. The story behind it is mentioned below for your enjoyment.
Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan erected the Taj Mahal in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahanmet Mumtaz Mahal at the age of fourteen and fell in love at first sight. She was a Muslim Persian princess and Shah Jahan was the son of the Mughal Emperor, Jehangir. Five years later, in 1612, they got married.
Mumtaz Mahal, an inseparable companion of Shah Jahan, died in 1631 while giving birth to their 14th child. It is believed that during her last moments, Mumtaz Mahal obtained a promise from Shah Jahan declaring that he would build the world’s most beautiful monument in her memory.
Shah Jahan did indeed build a magnificent monument as a tribute to his wife, which we today know as the “Taj Mahal”. Shah Jahan, himself also, lies entombed in this mausoleum along with his wife.
The construction of Taj Mahal started in 1631 and it took approximately 22 years to build with the help of 22,000 laborers and 1,000 elephants. It was built entirely out of white marble, which was brought in from all over India and central Asia. After spending approximately 32 million rupees (approx US $68000), the Taj Mahal was finally completed in the year 1653.