You wouldn't know it to look at it, but the famous white dome of this radiant structure is actually a tomb. In 1631, Emperor Shah Jahan, stricken with grief after the untimely death of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal (who died after giving birth to their fourteenth child), built a mausoleum in her honor. The emperor was consequently arrested and, according to lore, could then only see the Taj Mahal out of a small window. Whether you and your grandchildren identify with one of the most elaborate romantic gestures in recorded history, you'll agree that the Taj Mahal is one of a kind.
Cough it up: You may think it unfair that the admission price is 970 rupees for tourists and only 20 rupees for locals, but remember, it's your generous donation that helps preserve such a world treasure.