A Unesco heritage site, the Taj Mahal must be the ultimate in romantic gestures. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a monument to his late wife in 1631, it was a feat of engineering, bringing together the best in craftsmanship. Masons, stonecutters, carvers, painters, calligraphers, dome-builders and other artisans were requisitioned from the whole of the empire and also from Central Asia and Iran, to build it, and it took around 22 years to complete the mausoleum. That’s a lot of love!
Sadly, these days air pollution is eating away at the building’s exterior, and rumours abound that one day it might have to close to visitors.
However, you can still marvel at the white marble that seems to change colour with the changing sun. Take a guided tour to discover the mysteries and magic of this iconic building.