From whichever angle you look at it, the Taj Mahal is an absolute beauty. At dawn, the sun’s feeble rays kiss the minarets, bathing them in a soft light. In the evening, when the crowds have gone, the dying light casts an ethereal glow over it.
Little wonder, then, that the monument of love beat the likes of the Great Wall of China, the Machu Picchu in Peru, the old city of Jerusalem, and Auschwitz Birkenau, to come 2nd in the list of world heritage sites.
TripAdvisor carried out an online survey listing the UNESCO Cultural and Natural heritage sites best rated by travellers worldwide. With over 8 million visitors a year, the Taj Mahal was ranked second only to Cambodia’s mighty Angkor Wat.
Whether you wish to take a guided tour or explore its many secrets on your own, is up to you. Each experience is sure to leave you mesmerised. Right from the plant motifs, to the Persian calligraphy on the wall, reflective tiles and intricate inlay work, the Taj is a sight to behold.
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India’s best-known and most internationally recognisable monument has seen many high-profile visitors. Currently caught in a tug of war over Indian identity, according to the Financial Times, the Taj Mahal is indeed, as Nobel Prize-winning writer Rabindranath Tagore described it, “a teardrop on the cheek of time.”