A palace of pristine white marble - built as a symbol of love by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Arjumand Banu Begam - The Taj Mahal is without a doubt the most famous building in all of India. This alone will make your trip worthwhile and Taj Mahal holidays are, for many, the fulfilment of a dream. Begun in 1631, when the queen died giving birth to her fourteenth child,
the dome of this extraordinary jewel of Islamic art stands 24 metres high, and is framed by four minarets. Surrounding it are immaculate gardens, and embedded in the white marble are semi-precious stones such as jasper, turquoise, coral, carnelian, garnet, and agate. No wonder that this UNESCO World Heritage site has been named among the new wonders of the world.