The Taj is built on a raised platform. The outstanding spiral minarets enhance its beauty. The marble tombs of Shah J and Mumtaz Mahal are situated in the middle of the main building. They are inlaid with precious stones, on the walls of the building are carved verses from the Holy Koran.

As soon as a person reaches close to the building, he forgets the world altogether. The mausoleum looks like a fairy dressed in a spotless white attire. On a moonlit night, its beauty penetrates the interstices of mind so as to remain there forever.

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One really feels that one has never seen such a charming spectacle before. Tagore hails the Taj as “a tear frozen on the cheek of eternity”. The first time I visited the Taj many years ago, I simply felt captivated. I found numerous Indian and foreign visitors pouring in.

Once one approaches the building one feels lost to move away from it. Even if one has to go at last, one feels inclined to visit it again and again. The Taj is immortal. It may be called beauty concretized in pure white marble and as such a joy forever. But, unfortunately in the present materialistic world, even the beauty of the Taj is at stake because of the effluent sculpture dioxide emitted by the Matura refinery. Let us hope the able scien­tists will do something about it.

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