Agra, India

The home of the Iconic Taj Mahal

The favorite city of the Mughals today, a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices of red sandstone and white marble, narrow lanes and quaint buggies, and irresistible char.

The 17th century Taj Mahal is often called a poem in stone. If so, the mausoleum is a love poem - created by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years to be completed and was designed and planned by a Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. (Note: Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday).

 

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1.  The Taj Mahal - With its incredible lacy white grandeur and loveliness the Taj Mahal is perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world. Emperor Shahjehan constructed this incomparable monument in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is the most extravagant monument ever built for love. The Taj Mahal is amazingly graceful from almost any angle and it is the close up detail, which is really astounding.  Make sure to enjoy a Sunrise and a Sunset visit to the Taj Mahal.  tajmahal.gov.in

2.  Oberoi Amarvilas - A gem of a hotel located just 600 metres from the iconic Taj Mahal, each of the rooms has uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal, the ancient monument to love, while elements of the layout and design pay homage to its Mughal splendour with a spectacular multi layered pool for afternoon enjoyment.  oberoihotels.com

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