The Taj Mahal
Named a World Heritage Site in 1983, the Taj Mahal is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Each year, millions of tourists form long lines at its gates for a glimpse of the exquisite semi-translucent white marble screens and pietra dura — a detailed marble inlay decorated with hand-carved flowers and thousands of glistening semi-precious stones.
Known as “The Jewel of India”, this magnificent building was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1632 to be built in the memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and is universally known as a symbol of eternal love. Taking over 20 years and some 20,000 people to build, this monumental feat of architecture leaves a lasting impression on anyone who is lucky enough to see it.
Once inside, you’ll be met by a 30-metre red sandstone archway inscribed with verses from the Quran, stunning ornamental gardens, and several marble fountains connected by flowing watercourses. One of the oldest civilizations on earth, the charm of India lies in its diversity. With enchanting villages, vast cities, windswept desert vistas, temple rituals and onion-domed mosques — the mystery and rich culture of India is bound to mesmerize.
Agra, the city in which the Taj Mahal is located, currently has no commercial airport (although there are talks of one coming soon). However, being on the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai route, Agra is well served by trains and buses coming to and from Delhi and Rajasthan, as well as other major cities across India. Don’t forget to explore Mumbai, Goa, Jaipur, Amritsar, this places will complete your Indian bucket list. The resident of Australia can have a direct flight from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, and Adelaide.