Anand Prakash Chouksey, a 52-year-old Indian businessman, has built a scaled-down replica of the iconic Taj Mahal as a „monument of love „ home for his wife of 27 years, Manjusha, in Burhanpur city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It was built over three years. The house consists of two main bedrooms that are located on two separate floors. It also has a library and a meditation room.The original Taj Mahal, one of India’s biggest tourist attractions, is a 17th Century mausoleum in Agra city built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his queen Mumta. The engineers who projected the replica reduced the size to one third of the original monument. The house cost is about 20 million rupees (£199,000; $260,000) .
“It was a gift for my wife but also for the town and its people,” Mr Chouksey told media. In fact, the building has been attracting a steady stream of visitors. “A lot of people have also started to do their pre-wedding shoots here,” Mr Chouksey added. He also said that not all visitors are allowed inside the house because “after all, it is our home and we live there”. In 2013, a retired government official in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh had also built a replica of the Taj Mahal in memory of his wife.