DISCOVERING THE TAJ MAHAL


True confession time: I have always been intrigued by the Taj Mahal, partly because of the story behind it, and I am unashamedly an incurable romantic. Emperor Shah Jahan had it built for the love of his life way back in the seventeenth century. Her name was Mumtaz Mahal, and unfortunately she died in 1631 while giving birth to their fourteenth child. He never got over his love for her, and the magnificent splendor of this palace is a testimony of their love.


No wonder the UNESCO made it a word heritage site.


More fun facts, the white marble that the Taj Mahal is made of is semi translucent, and the whole place took a full twenty-two years to build. Pretty neat, huh?


The Taj Mahal is in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. It's only 125 kilometers from New Delhi, and so if you're in the capital, a side trip to Agra is well worth it. You can fly, drive, take a train, or even join a tour to get there. Yes, it can get crowded, especially from November through January or even February. That's the best time to go as they weather is perfect during those months.


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