Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. Its romantic story and stunning design has made it an iconic spot for Instragrammers across the world.
If you’re not familiar with the story, you need a bit of context as it makes the place even more romantic. The beloved emperor’s wife Mumtaz Mahal sadly died giving birth and the emperor, Shah Jahan, promised her that he would never remarry and will build the richest mausoleum over her grave. He undertook the task of erecting the world’s most beautiful monument in the memory of his wife which took 22 years and the labor of 22,000 workers. When Shah Jahan died in 1666, his body was placed in a tomb next to his wife.
For one of the most scenic journeys in the world, begin your trip in Jaipur in Rajasthan, home of ornate colonnaded rose pink palaces rising out of the sands surrounded by princely garden courtyards and dancing fountains, then make your way through verdant jungle, home to Rajasthan’s famous tigers and then finish in Agra to witness the architectural marvel that is the Taj Mahal.