Shah Jahan was grief stricken and so heart broken that the entire kingdom went into mourning for two years. Yet, he was determined on building a unique and exquisite monument, the like of which was unseen and unheard of in the whole world.
- The building consists of an iwan (vaulted hall), an arched doorway, and a large dome at the pinnacle. The height of the central dome is 115 feet.
- The monument is the result of the effort and hard work of 20,000 craftsmen and about 1,000 elephants, employed to build this remarkable mausoleum.
- At the southern point of the complex lies the forecourt with the main gate in front. It houses the tombs of two other queens of Shah Jahan, Akbarabadi Begum and Fatehpuri Begum.
- The tomb of Shah Jahan carries an inscription that reads: He traveled from this world to the banquet hall of Eternity on the night of the twenty-sixth of the month of Rajab, in the year 1076 Hijri.