Timeless Taj Mahal attracts millions to India

9th Jul 2013

India boasts one of the planet's most easily recognisable cultural sites in the Taj Mahal.

The striking white marble mausoleum, which was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in honour of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, today attracts 2-4 million visitors on city breaks annually.

So it will come as no surprise to them that this timeless symbol of enduring love has been ranked among the world's three leading landmarks in TripAdvisor's 2013 Travellers' Choice Attractions Awards.

Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and numbered among the new seven wonders of the world, is famed for its architecture and aesthetic beauty.

The 17th-century iconic building is believed to have been inspired by Hoshang Shah's marble tomb in Mandu, which, according to the Hindustan Times, is set to get a facelift.

Travellers from around the world voted in the leading travel website's competition.

Peru's Machu Picchu came first, Cambodia's Angkor Wat second, Jordan's Petra World Heritage Site fourth and Cambodia's Bayon Temple fifth.

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