Could there be a more romantic honeymoon destination than the Taj Mahal ? Many of our private India tours enable you to spend some time here, particularly whilst exploring India’s famous ‘Golden Triangle’ comprising Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the sublime Taj Mahal is one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture in India. The grandeur of its massive over-all design is matched by the immaculately intricate execution of its decoration. Dating back to 1630, this marvellous marble mausoleum took twenty-two years and 20,000 workers to be completed.
However, what makes the Taj Mahal so entrancing is the story behind it. Arjumand Banu Begum was married on 10 May 1612, at the age of 19, to Prince Khurram, later known as Emperor Shah Jahan. After their wedding celebrations, Khurram conferred upon her the title ‘Mumtaz Mahal’ Begum (Chosen One of the Palace). Their marriage was a deep and loving one. Mumtaz was Shah Jahan’s constant companion and trusted confidante, travelling with him all over the Mughal Empire, including during his military campaigns. She died in 1631 at the age of 38, while giving birth to their fourteenth child. Inconsolable with grief, Shah Jahan began planning the design and construction of a suitable mausoleum and funerary garden for his beloved wife: the Taj Mahal.
The hotel that offers the most romantic honeymoon accommodation in Agra is undoubtedly the Oberoi Amarvilas – all of its rooms and suites offer breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal. Here – from your own room – you are able to enjoy the captivating play of colour on the marble monument throughout your stay. Wake to see it bathed in the soft pinks and mauves of the first rays of dawn; see it shimmer brilliant white by day as the sun shines; and marvel at it as it is enveloped by the rich orange and purple hues of dusk. If you are lucky enough to be here during a full moon you will experience the unforgettably magical sight of the Taj by moonlight.