Nothing quite prepares you for seeing the Taj Mahal up close and personal. It was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan after the death of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, during childbirth in 1631. At its centre is the main mausoleum, and is surrounding by stunning formal gardens. It was said over 20,000 workers constructed the Taj Mahal, and is to this day one of the most awe-inspiring buildings on earth. The best time to see the Taj is at sunrise, as the sun slowly shimmers against the white marble, changing the colours of the Taj as it rises. Sadly, Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son, Aurangzeb, in Agra Fort and he spent his days looking over the building he constructed for his late wife.