Nothing compares in Agra and even in the whole of India to the majestic Taj Mahal! The white-splendored mausoleum was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his favourite wife, Arjumand Banu Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal who died in childbirth. The inconsolable Shah Jahan decided to commemorate his wife building a tomb the likes of which had never been seen before, called the Taj Mahal.
For many centuries it has been synonymous with love and romance. Everyone who comes to Agra visits this marvellous gem on the banks of the River Yamuna. It is made of pure white marble with exquisite ornamentation, gold blotches, iridescent pearls, and precious gemstones.
The entire complex is situated among the beautiful gardens and consists of a number of buildings comprising a mosque, a guesthouse, the mausoleum, and two tombs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan. A long and beautiful walkway built of pure white marble leads to the main mausoleum; four waterways divide the gardens into four parts and then, meet in a pool at the center.
The Taj Mahal is marvelous at reflecting a different aura in different seasons and weather. But the best time to visit the Taj Mahal is generally from October to March. Its radiance and charm are simply dazzling and changes with every passing hour. The peak of visual beauty is during sunrise and sunset. Sunrise above the Taj Mahal is transformed from soft grey and pink to a soft red glow that awakens the great mausoleum. When the sun goes down it transforms to an elegant white under the moonlight. When the full moon appears over the Taj and lights this architectural treasure, this fascinating spectacle may outshine your other experiences.