Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Muhal, its striking craftmanship and captivating location are a magnificent sight. This destination was also once the heart and soul of the Mughal empire, with the sacred Yamuna River flowing behind the Taj Mahal. The haunting tale behind the Taj Mahal tells the story of a passionate love that knew no limits. After the craftsmen had finished the building, the emperor cut off their right hands so that no one could create a monument as beautiful as this again.
Agra boasts a labyrinth of colourful bazaars and markets reminiscent of medieval times and items including marble, jewellery, leather and souvenirs can be bought. Most markets are open late into the evening. Agra is also home to World Heritage Sites including the Agra Fort and Akbar’s relinquished capital, Fatehpur Sikri, plus many antiquarian buildings that include magnificent examples of Mughal architecture as well as classic churches and unique sandstone tombs.