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Date of Construction
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Work began around 1631 CE; principal mausoleum completed in 1648 CE; outlying buildings and gardens completed in 1653 AD.

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Location
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Agra, Uttar Pradesh

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Architectural style
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Mughal

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Commissioned by
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Mughal Emperor Shahjahan

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Current status
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World Heritage Site

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Annual footfall
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Two to four million visitors

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Important sites around the Taj Mahal
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Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Sikandra, Itmad-ud-Daula’s tomb, Chini ka Rauza, Ram Bagh, Mariam’s Tomb and Mehtab Bagh

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Local cuisine
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Famous for traditional Mughlai cuisine, also known for sweets such as petha and gajak and savoury snacks like dalmoth

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Local crafts
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Parchin kari (pietra dura), leather work, marble jali work, carpets and zari zardoji

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Local festivals
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Taj Mahotsav (February) a festival of Indian classical music, Sheetla Fair (July/August), Kailash Fair (August/September), Bateshwar Fair (October-November), Ram Barat (October-November) to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Lord Rama, and the Urs festival of Fatehpur Sikri organised at Sheikh Salim Chishti’s dargah during the month of Ramzan.