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The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, it was described by the Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, as "the tear-drop on the cheek of time". It is regarded as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India's rich history. #travel #india

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Portrait of Indian woman with Taj Mahal

Woman carrying water pot on her head in front of the Taj Mahal, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Agra, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Asia

KHAJURAHO GROUP OF MONUMENTS: KANDARIYA MAHADEVA TEMPLE • 11th c. • in Madhya Pradesh, India • http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/240