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Daily Daydream: The World’s Most Romantic Monument

Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a monument to his favorite wife, the Taj Mahal is one of India’s most famous and most photographed attractions. Made of marble, the Taj changes colors in the light depending on the time of day—try to visit around sunrise or sunset for the best views. Even better, visit during one of the special nights when visitors are allowed in at night to see the Taj Mahal under the moonlight. You’ll need to book this in advance.

The Taj Mahal was built with marble brought in from all around the world, and took 22 years to complete. You’ll need plenty of time to cover this massive memorial, so try and come early in the day.

Intricate carvings and calligraphy covers the Taj Mahal—it can be overwhelming, so spring for a guide if you can.({{snapshot_limit}}}

Where is it? In India. Fly to Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (check prices) and drive or take a train to Agra.

Where to Stay? At the Oberoi Amarvilas, picked as the number eight best hotel in all of India by TripAdvisor.

What Else Should I Know? The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

Who’s it For? Photographers, romantics, anyone who visits India!

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