UNESCO World Heritage-listed Taj Mahal
The world’s most romantic building is at its most affecting in the painterly early morning light: a hazy, gentle mist envelopes the scene, the impressionistic dawn casting a soft pink glow on the building and nearby Yamuna River. It is, of course, an icon: the perfect main building – a dome that Mark Twain described as a ‘soaring bubble of marble’ – jaw-droppingly beautiful despite being instantly recognisable. What is less appreciated however, is the scale of this monument to love – away from the centrepiece, beautiful formal gardens of tree-lined avenues and fountains roll out; the red sandstone mosque houses beautiful Islamic design; while the Great Gate is an astounding marble entrance, its archways mirroring those of the main tomb. It may not exactly be off the beaten path, but such is the captivating poetry of the Taj Mahal, spending time here is to be under the serene spell a siren.