The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in Agra.
The famous ivory-white marble mausoleum was commissioned by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in 1632 as the tomb for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child.
Construction was completed on the mausoleum in 1643. But the construction and landscaping continued on the surrounding buildings and gardens for another 10 years.
The central dome reaches a height of 73 metres (240 feet) and is surrounded by four domes and four minarets at the mausoleum’s corners.
Vehicle traffic is banned 500 metres from the Taj Mahal to minimise pollution and protect the building from deterioration.
The grounds are open from 6am to 7pm everyday, except for Friday when the complex is closed for prayers.