The Taj Mahal: A Symbol of Love and Beauty in India

TLDR The Taj Mahal, built in the 17th century by the Mughal Empire ruler Shah Jahan, is a mausoleum that stands as a symbol of love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Despite facing various threats throughout history, the Taj Mahal remains one of India's most iconic and visited attractions.

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00:00 The Taj Mahal is the most iconic building in India and has become a symbol for the country.
02:08 The Taj Mahal was built in the 17th century by the Mughal Empire ruler Shah Jahan as a symbol of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
04:02 Mumtaz Mahal was the favorite wife of Shah Jahan, serving as his chief advisor and receiving numerous titles, but tragically died from a postpartum hemorrhage at the age of 37, leaving Shah Jahan inconsolable.
05:59 The Taj Mahal was built as a mausoleum for Mumtaz Mahal, with no expense spared in its construction, using materials from various regions including white marble from Rajasthan, jasper from the Punjab, and jade crystal from China.
08:00 The main mausoleum of the Taj Mahal was completed in 1643, with the scaffolding made of brick instead of bamboo, and peasants dismantled the entire scaffold in a single day to claim the bricks.
09:51 The Taj Mahal has faced various threats throughout history, including neglect, looting, and environmental pollution, but it remains one of the most visited attractions in India and was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.
11:49 The Taj Mahal is best visited with a guide, waking up early to be first in line, and there are other attractions in Agra worth visiting beyond just the Taj Mahal.
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