- The Taj Mahal was built by emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife (Mumtaz Mahal), who died in 1631 while giving birth to their 14th child.
- Around 20,000 people worked on the Taj Mahal. It took about 8 years to finish the main temple, but the entire complex was not finish until 1653.
- The emperor was overthrown and imprisoned by his own son shortly after the mausoleum was completed. After the emperor died, he was buried next to his wife in the Taj Mahal, thus breaking the prefect symmetry of the temple.
- Today, the Taj Mahal has around 20,000 visitors per day.
Since we wanted to spend Diwali (India's biggest holiday, the "festival of lights") in a city called Jaipur, we had very limited time in Agra. We only visited the Taj Mahal during sunrise (for about 3 hours), and although we did have enough time to explore it all, it definitely left us we wishing we had even more time to take it in.