Taj Mahal | Agra
Welcome to Agra's best kept secret - the Taj Mahal. 'Taj Ma-who?!', you're probably thinking. Allow me to explain...
I'm sure you've all heard about the Taj Mahal before so I'll keep my ramblings brief and let you feast your eyes on the photos. Aren't I kind?
Anyway, the Taj Mahal was built between 1632-1653 at a cost of about 528 billion rupees, which equates to around £677,000,000. Tombs don't come cheap these days! It was commissioned by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife. Yes, his favourite wife. I thought it was a shrine to his only wife, the love of his life, but the truth is slightly less romantic than that. Feminism at its finest. Saying this, I can't even get a follow on instagram so guess who's having the last laugh there.
Whilst the actual tomb is usually the only bit photographed, the whole Taj Mahal complex covers 17 hectares and includes a mosque and guest house too. The architect behind India's biggest tourist attraction was Ustad Ahmad Lahauri and he employed approximately 20,000 artisans to build it. Oh to be rich or the favourite wife.