When we come across pictures of others' travel adventures, it can be hard to gauge their appeal. For every gorgeous shot of a world wonder or worldly treasure is an image that reveals a massive tourist crowd, sweating in line or posing for photos. So how do we come to terms with the fact that we can't marvel at the Colosseum without seeing swarms of people fumbling with their cameras to snap a selfie? Do we take the plunge and brave the seemingly never-ending lines, long waits and the tourism charges?
The Taj Mahal is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was cited as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage."
he Taj Mahal in Agra is an immense mausoleum of white marble, built between 1632 and 1653 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife. Called “a teardrop on the cheek of eternity” it is one of the masterpieces of Mughal architecture, and one of the great tourist attractions in India. Besides the white domed marble mausoleum the Taj Mahal includes several other beautiful buildings, reflecting pools, and extensive ornamental gardens with flowering trees and bushes.
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