Taj Mahal is one of the most flawless architectural creations of the world. Since the 17th century, travellers have crossed the world. Since the 17th century, travellers have crossed continents to come and see this ultimate memorial to love, and have been unmoved by its incomparable beauty. Taj Mahal stands in the city of Agra, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, on the banks of the Yamuna River. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan erected the Taj Mahal in the memory of hisbeloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan ( then Prince Khurram) met Mumtaz Mahal ( then Arjumand Banu Begum, Persian princes) at the age of fourteen and fell in love at the first sight. Five years later, in 1612, they got married. Mumtaz Mahal, an inseparable companion of Shah Jahan, diedin 1631. Shah Jahan build a magnificent monument as a tributeto his wife, which we today know as the "Taj Mahal" The construction of Taj Mahal started in the year 1631 and it took approximately 22 years to build it. An epitome of love, it made use of the services of 22,000 laborers and 1,000 elephants.It was built entirely out of white marble, which was brought infrom all over India and central Asia. Taj Mahal was finally completed in the year 1653.