The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage
Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the
universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. Described by Nobel
laureate Rabindranath Tagore as “the tear-drop on the cheek of time”, it is
regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of
India’s rich history. The Taj Mahal attracts 7–8 million visitors a year.