The Taj Mahal is, simply, as breathtaking as the stories say. India’s most iconic building, a monument to love, and mausoleum to a favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is built entirely from white marble, its exquisite symmetry mirrored only by the reflecting pool that runs down the centre of its gardens. It was built by Shah Jahan for his third wife Mumtaz Mahal who used a purported 20,000 stone carvers, masons and artists. Striking as it is from a distance the building’s beauty is also in its detail – semiprecious stones, intricate carvings and calligraphic verses from the Koran grace the main mausoleum. Shah Jahan, imprisoned by his son just down the river in Agra Fort, lived out his days with a view of the Taj Mahal before he himself was interred inside with his wife.
The best way for a first-time visitor to experience India’s must see destinations. Discover the contrasts of Old and New Delhi. Travel to the historic city of Agra
to see the Taj Mahal. You can also add the following tour extension from Delhi; Ranthambore National Park, Varanasi or Goa.
Time difference: India is 6.5 hours behind New Zealand (7.5 hours during daylight saving) Flight Time: Approx 14.5 hours Visa Required: Yes Currency: Indian Rupee (INR) Tel Code: +91+562 Official Language: Hindi Main Religion: Hinduism Airlines: Singapore Airlines