One of the seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal flanks a garbage-strewn river and is often enveloped by dust and smog from belching smokestacks and vehicles in the northern city of Agra.
And as one enters towards the main mausoleum, the tone of the inscriptions changes from paradisiacal to that of an impending doom that awaits the unbelievers on the Day of Judgment.
However, once inside the mausoleum, the tone of the inscriptions changes yet again from judgment to paradisiacal.
It is situated on the right bank River Yamuna at Agra.
Kings and emperors have many wives in those days but, Shah Jahan had only one wife. He lived with her about twenty years and after that Mumtaz died in 1631.