The construction of the Taj Mahal was commissioned by the Moghul Emperor, Shah Jahan, in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Mohul Empire was an Islamic imperial power which ruled the Indian subcontinent from the 16th to 19th centuries. Completed in 1653, around 20,000 workers took 22 years to erect the mausoleum. A Persian called Ustad Ahmad Lahauri was the chief architect of the Taj complex. The tomb of Shah Jahan joined his wife’s after his death in 1666. It is a world heritage site and was proclaimed as the “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage” by UNESCO.
A trip to India would not be complete without a visit to Agra to view the Taj and it exceeded my high expectations. Beauty, extravagance and attention to detail are obvious throughout the mausoleum and surrounding complex.