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Taj Mahal at a pivotal point in its history

The enchanting Taj Mahal is one of the wonders of the world
The enchanting Taj Mahal is one of the wonders of the world

Located on the bank of the Yamuna River in the city of Agra, this spellbinding monument was commissioned in 1632 by emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahathis.

The enchanting Taj Mahal is one of the wonders of the world, and this world-famous 17th-century mausoleum stands proudly as a monument to love.

A massive 8 million people stroll through the stunning gardens and beautiful interiors of India's Taj Mahal every year.

But it's now at a pivotal point in its history as this famed romantic tribute is at risk from the air and water pollution that affects much of north India. The heavily contaminated Yamuna river has also left green markings on the surface of the monument, and now it's even thought that the falling water table in Agra is weakening the wooden foundations of the tomb.

For visitors who want to recreate the photograph that went around the world, made famous by Princess Diana, sitting on the bench in front of the Taj Mahal, it has become more challenging. Air pollution has resulted in the pristine white marble starting to turn yellow and a clay treatment is now being used to attempt to restore its sheen.So what's the future now for this majestic marvel? The iconic white colour of the Taj Mahal is slowly being tarnished and a daily visitor limit was recently proposed.

The question now is how can this stunning building be future-proofed? How can its custodians respect its fragility, but also retain open access to it for the visitors from around the world who want to celebrate its craftmanship and get an up-close magical experience of the magnificent Taj Mahal?