taj mahal in india

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This extraordinary 9-day, exclusive journey boasts sublime, handpicked accommodation, situated in this kaleidoscopic spectacular land of remarkable diversity. The &Beyond Eat Pray Love Small Group Journey is an authentic experience, set in some of the most iconic destinations in North India.

Delhi

A mixture of bustling international metropolis, medieval chaos and regal splendour, the city is crammed to bursting point with tombs, temples, monuments and ruins, all of which exist side by side with modern suburbs and glass and chrome skyscrapers. In this quintessentially Indian city, regal British architecture is combined with ancient Mughal ruins, modern suburban developments and even a bit of rural India. Delhi houses two UNESCO World Heritage sites – Humayun’s Tomb and The Qutub Minar. Engage all your senses at the bustling market of Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi’s oldest and most animated marketplace, and get an authentic glimpse of this bright and florid city’s beating heart.

Amritsar

Founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Ram Das, Amritsar is home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine, the spectacular Golden Temple, one of India’s most serene and humbling sights. Amritsar is divided in two by a tangle of railway lines, with bustling vibrant streets surrounding the serene temple. The old city, containing the Golden Temple and other historic sights, are encircled by 12 medieval gates. This is a fascinating area to explore, with a labyrinth of narrow bazaars that are both alluring and intriguing, and take you back centuries.

Agra

Most famous as the home of the Taj Mahal, Agra is set on a bend in the sacred Yamuna River and has held a strategic defensive position throughout its history. Both the Taj and the highly impressive Agra Fort overlook the river, as do a number of significant tombs and mausoleums from the Mughal period. The Taj is the undoubted highlight, a magnificent structure that easily lives up to its exalted reputation. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Taj is renowned for its exquisite marble screens and pietra dura, a type of marble inlay work made with thousands of semiprecious stones. Accessed through an outer courtyard, the entrance to the inner compound is through a majestic red sandstone gateway.

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