The Taj Mahal is one of the most familar tourist sites in the world, and certainly one of

the best-known global icons. Accordingly, any discussion of the Taj requires an

investigation into the ways in which tourist space comes to be represented in particular

ways. In order to contextualise this examination, it is necessary to appreciate how the

contemporary production of tourism involves the commodification of particular spaces

and cultures. Thus the chapter begins with a brief survey of the expansion of global