Described as a "teardrop on the cheek of eternity" by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, the Taj Mahal's beauty is said to have made "the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes".
Every year, thousands of tourists worldwide make a beeline for this breathtakingly ethereal marble monument, which is considered the most beautiful building constructed by man.
This Xmas week saw Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar and Sara Ali Khan buyout all 5,000 daily visitor tickets to shoot for the upcoming movie 'Atrangi Re'.
One of the seven wonders of the world the monument was built as a memorial by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Government officials will consider allowing up to 10,000 visitors daily in 2021 as the current restrictions are fully relaxed.