Agra is home to the World’s ultimate monument to love, the Taj Mahal. Dreamily positioned on the banks of the Yamuna River, its pale dome and minarets seem to float over the river, catching every nuance of light and shade. It was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1632 to house the remains of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and took 17 years to build, working with India’s finest pietra dura craftsmen who inlaid the gleaming white marble with semi-precious stones. Other Agra sights include the mighty Agra Fort, reflecting the Mughals at their most martial; Itmad-ud-Daulah’s tomb (also known as the Baby Taj); Akbar’s multi-tiered tomb at Sikandra, with its beautifully frescoed ceilings and walls; and the red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri, which is approximately an hour’s drive away.