SURELY TAJ MAHAL is India’s most fascinating and beautiful monument. The Taj Mahal was completed in 1653 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the final resting place for his favorite Queen Mumtaz. Built by the Persian architect, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, this perfectly symmetrical monument took 22 years of hard labor and 20,000 workers, masons and jewelers to build and is set amidst landscaped gardens. It is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles. Varanasi, the city of Lord Shiva is one of the holiest places in India, where Hindu pilgrims come to wash away a lifetime of sins in the Ganges or to cremate their loved ones.