A wealthy Indian teacher has built a house that looks exactly like a smaller replica of the Taj Mahal as a present for his wife.
Anand Prakash Chouksey, 52, from Burhanpur, has built a huge marble house which resembles the 17th century mausoleum, just a little smaller.
The house, which is about one third the size of the original building, is spread across 10,000 square feet and has four bedrooms, one hall, a library and a meditation room.
Chouksey, who has refused to disclose the cost of the house, said: ‘I wanted to make a unique house in a small town, there are new houses built every year but I wanted to make a house that remains the talk of town forever.
An Indian teacher has built a Taj Mahal replica as a present for his wife, the building is one third the size of the original one
Above pictured Anand Prakash Chouksey, 52 (left) and Manju Shah, 48 (right) both teachers who run an academy together
‘What better than building a Taj Mahal? There is everything but love in this love, this house is a symbol of my love for my wife just like Mumtaaz Mahal.’
The teacher who went above and beyond to build his wife a house that would remain in the history of the town, didn’t miss a single detail.
Just like the real mausoleum, which is widely recognized as one of the world’s seven wonders, the dome of the house is 29ft high, and features tall marble towers.
The flooring and façade are made of marbles from Makarana that were also used in the construction of the original Taj Mahal.
To make the building look even more like the original, the lighting both inside and outside the house is done in such a manner that makes it shine in the dark like the original masterpiece.
Just like the original mausoleum the house is made of marble, its dome is 29ft high, and it has got tall marble towers
The lavish house is located in the city of Burhanpur where Mumtaaz Mahal was from, and also where she died of a long illness
Burhanpur, where the lavish house is located is famous for being Mumtaz Mahal’s original home and the place where she died of a long illness but Chouksey wanted the city to be remembered for more than that
The husband wanted to build his wife a house that would remain in the history of the town, a house that would make people talk about it forever
Just like the original masterpiece the light in the lavish house is done in a strategic way that makes it shine in the dark
The house which resembles the 17th century mausoleum, is about one third the size of the original building and it is spread across 10,000 square feet
The engineer turned teacher, who runs an academy with his wife, Manju Shah, 48, also a teacher, said he wanted to build a unique home was inspired by the 17th century ivory-white marble monument, one of the most famous and extravagant buildings in the country.
The original Taj Mahal which lays on the banks of Yamuna river in Agra in Uttar Pradesh, was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
The world heritage monument has been visited by famous global personalities including Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana and most recently by Prince Williams and Kate Middleton in 2016.
Chouksey said: ‘Mumtaz Mahal belonged to Burhanpur and died here of a prolonged illness. The city is known for that but it would now be also known for the second Taj Mahal.’
The flooring and façade are made of marbles from Makarana that were also used in the construction of the original Taj Mahal
Pictured above is the original Taj Mahal, located on the banks of Yamuna river in Agra in Uttar Pradesh, Northern India
Since then, their house has been swarmed by locals and tourists alike. Including couples asking for stylish pre-wedding shoots
The construction of the extravagant house started three years ago, and the couple, who have two children in their early 20s, moved to their lavish abode later this year.
Since then, their house has been swarmed by locals and tourists alike. Including couples hoping for stylish pre-wedding shoots on a budget.
He added: ‘It is a tourist place but now people are thronging to my house to have a look at it. It is overwhelming but I am happy that my wife is happy with the house and we are living here happily.’