The Taj Mahal India
The Taj Mahal stands at the bank of the river Jumna near Agra. Mumtaz Mahal was on her death's bad. Her last words to her husband were, ''Promise me to erect such a beautiful mausoleum over my grave that should have no equal in the world. It will remind the world of our deep love for each other.''
Shah Jahan promised to fulfil her last wish. The tomb was built three centuries ago but still it has a new look. The construction work was completed within 22 years with a cost of three crore rupees.
The tomb made by white marble is unique in its beauty and grandeur. It has a boundary wall of red stone. There is a garden around the building. The fountains, artificial lakes and Cyprus trees add to the beauty of this monument. Four minarets on each corner stand like sentinels.
The most remarkable is the white door leading to the grave. It is perhaps made of ivory. Multi-coloured flowers have been carved in it. Tourists from every part of the world come to visit this monument which was erected to pay the homage of love to Mumtaz Mahal, the Queen of India. She was called by the name of Taj Mahal by her husband, the king Shah Jahan.
The structure is so charming that it is called a ''dream in marble''. It is worth seeing in the moon-lit night.
The wife of a foreigner who came to visit the Taj Mahal was so much impressed by the beauty of the building that she uttered the following words to her husband, ''If you promise to build such a beautiful edifice over my grave, I am ready to die at the spot.''
The is the richest and the most befitting tribute to the Taj Mahal, I think.