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About Anum Sharf

Has a BS Honors in English Literature. She believes words are like puzzles and putting them in right sentences is her job. Besides writing, she has a keen interest in debating, traveling and reading. She prefers to read, watch movies and cook at her leisure. And she is a cat person. If you want to follow her then check out her Facebook page (facebook.com/anumsharfwriter)

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St Petersburg Russia – Your Point of Interests

St Petersburg, Russia, is very a very famous visitor spot. Hundreds of visitors keep on visiting this place, since very long time. It is also known as the richest city of Russia and it is due to its richness in culture it is also Russia’s capital. The biggest industry of the city is tourism and the tourists have proved this fact by their continuous visit during the year. The hospitality and greatness of local people and a number of famous places has made the city worth visiting. There are so many points of interests in the city that a tourist can hardly sit idle during his visit. Some of the places you should not miss during your visit to St Petersburg are discussed below.

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Famous Museums in the City

In St Petersburg Russia, you will find a lot of museums. You will be amazed to know that the city is included in the list of heritage site of UNESCO. The city has more than 200 museums. Some of the most famous museums that are worth visiting are St. Issac’s Museum, Russian Ethnographic Museum and Hermitage Museum. The St Petersburg Russia has a lot of apartments of some famous personalities that convert into a public museum by the government. Other famous museums that will catch your eyes are Railway Museum, Paul Museum, and Artillery Museum etc.

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Must Plan a trip to Mint

Another most exciting activity will be visiting the Russian Mint. The St Petersburg Russia is famous for making coins, medals, and decorations. It has a strong history of making money for Russia. You can see closely how minting is done here. You will collect many memories from this historic site. Another most exciting place that is worth exploring in the city is the foundry. Here you will see the birthplaces of all the famous personalities whose splendid sculpture is standing in the city and they are representing their country Russia.

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Taste the Russian Street Food

Once you enter the streets of St Petersburg, Russia, you will find buses that will take you every desired place in the city. After spending a full busy day you can take a rest and enjoy the fresh Russian food that will come straight from the kitchens of the most famous restaurants in St Petersburg, Russia. You will find many cafes all over the city. The city presents you with mouth watering Russian salads, soups, and cakes that are rich in flavor. The most famous restaurants in the city are Micehouse, Panorama, and Teplo.

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Siem Reap, A Tourist Haven

City of Siem Reap, which is located right on the Siem Reap River is one of the most beautiful cities in fact, there are very few places which are as beautiful as this city. This city, today is known as Thailand and is considered as the gateway to the ruins of Khmer Dynasty, the communist regime. Thailand has been an exciting attraction for tourists for centuries. It is packed with various recreational activities, lodging and dining of all types of budgets. Siem Reap Province can satisfy the adventurous side of all.

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The Siem Reap has a set of several small villages built pagodas. The architecture reflects the French influence. Although it is rural there is no shortage of western nightlife and good food. The restaurants also consist of many cultures. The city is designed in a way that it offers everyone something.

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Siem Reap is the nearest big town to Angokar Wat. Tourists have the option to take a balloon ride over the Angokar or visit the mysterious flooded forests. The city is full of entertainment and is also very educational; therefore it is highly recommended to add it on top of your list of places to visit this year on holidays.

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As the Siem Reap has a lot to offer if you want to explore it alone, it is highly recommended that you get yourself a trip that is sponsored by the region. This way you will be able to explore more without worrying about navigation.

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Some tourists have found it overwhelming to do a tour on their own.

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You might face traveling issues that might prevent you from flying to the International Airport. If you get in such situation, you would want to know the best option possible to get there from the Phnom Phneh Airport, in case you need to fly there. The good news is that it is quite affordable to travel between the two places.Siem Reap Siem ReapSiem Reap map Siem Reap

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5 Essential Things To Do In Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is a romantic, glorious and beautiful destination. City of ancient streets and golden lights. Lisbon is the city of warmth and kindness, city of the subdued and city of longing.

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If you are planning a trip to Lisbon, Portugal then you will find this article helpful as it has five recommendations for you. As a frequent visitor, I have traveled to Lisbon several times and hence I would like to share some of my favorite places with you.

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Take A Day Trip To Sintra

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When you travel to Lisbon, Portugal takes a 40 minute ride to the magical village of Sintra. Go for a ride into the Portuguese countryside and up into the mountainside and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Sintra is basically the place that belongs to palaces – once the area was loved by the nobility. While there are many attractions here, the best one is Quinta da Regaleira, it’s a fairy tale folly of the castle just outside the main village. Romantic and mysterious, it is a beautiful place to recharge and rest.

Indulge In Alfama

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Alfama is an ancient area in Lisbon, Portugal that has survived the great earthquake of 1755. The maze like streets is where you will find many normal types of scenery on your postcards from Lisbon. Houses decorated with traditional Portuguese tiles known as the azulehos, iron balconies decked with colorful flowers, sites such as the Lisbon castle, museums, secret stairways etc. Step into the past and enjoy the ambience.

Discover Your Favorite Miradouro

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Miradouro are different views across Lisbon, Portugal and everyone has their own favorite. I personally like Miradouro das Portos do Sol. These wonderful places offer you a great feast of the best views across the whole city. Often you will find a coffee shop or bar close to the situation to watch the sunset.

Travel Up The Santa Justa Elevator

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Designed by a student of Eifel, this huge iron lift will take you from the city center to the steep hill from Baixa to Chiado/Bairro Alto. Once you exit from the gleaming wooden car you are treated to the wonderful view across the city. From there you can visit the Gothic ruins of Carmo Monestary.

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Discovering Loch Ness, Scotland

Monster in the moonlight!

Loch Ness is without doubt Scotland’s most famous tourist destination. Every year, people from all around the globe visit this destination to enjoy its breathtaking beauty and of course to check out the famous legend of the fabled Loch Ness Monster.

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Loch Ness is one of the many lochs (lakes) hidden in the midst of the beauty of the Scottish countryside and is one of the most rewarding destinations in terms of experience. There is a lot to discover along its mesmerizing shoreline and the surrounding countryside, offering young tourists and families a chance to have fun, adventure and excitement.

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Where To Stay In Loch Ness

If you are traveling to Loch Ness in summer season then its best that opt for camping rather than staying at a hotel. Wild camping is legal in Scotland; just make sure that you abide the rules that are set by the Outdoor Access Code. There is nothing better than waking up to the sound of birds and beautiful scenery rather than noise from the caravan next door. However, you might have to park your camping van somewhere suitable before you spend the night in a tent if you want to enjoy your night under the stars. If you like the idea of camping, then here are a few suggestions for you:

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  • Cannich Caravan & Camping Park, near Beauly
  • Borlum Camping & Caravan Park, Drumnadrochit

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What To See in Loch Ness

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If visitors haven’t traveled up North to Loch Ness to check out the monster, then they must be stuck with the beautiful views.  Loch Ness is located against the backdrop of dramatic mountains, rapid white waters and lush green forests. A complete lap of this area will allow you to discover and see everything this beautiful area has to offer, but remember to travel anticlockwise for the most spectacular views.

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Things To Do In Loch Ness

Loch Ness is a beautiful destination, but those who are looking for adventure and thrill will be happy to know that it’s not only about beautiful views.

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Mountain biking fans will love this location as it is a bike riding heaven. Another popular activity in this destination is fishing, whether you want to catch a salmon, tuna, trout or char you will find something better than the other. If you don’t intend to fish all day long then you can canoe, swim or do underwater diving.

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Why Neuschwanstein Castle Had Been So Popular Till Now?

If you have not travelled to Neuschwanstein Castle yet, then you need to put it in your bucket list!

Neschwanstein is not just a castle it’s more than that and is a must for everyone to see. It’s full of wonders, secrets and mystery.  The beautiful architecture of this amazing castle with multiple slender white towers will make you think about the fairytale castles. The magical look of Neuschwanstein castle has inspired many great authors, artists and poets, even great names from Walt Disney were inspired to develop their own versions of romantic castles. There is no doubt in it that the Neuschwanstein castle has been nominated to be a part of UNESCO Cultural Heritage.

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Plunging into the history of the popular Neuschwanstein Castle and discovering the unresolved murder mystery encouraging many to create their own theories on the mysterious death of the founder in the lake in 1886. The founder was King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

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King Ludwig II is also known as the fairytale king. He was famous because of his attributes for art, music and everyday politics. His love for arts and music can be seen in the construction of the Neuschwanstein Castle, he turned the Neuschwanstein castle into a romantic refuge for himself and homage for his admired composer Richard Wagner.

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King Ludwig never planned to show his castle to the public. But, only after a few weeks of his death the castle was opened for visitors. More than 1.3 million tourists visited it last year and still the surrounding mountains, clear lakes, forests and charming villages are completely unspoiled.

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In fact, the location of this castle couldn’t be more idyllic. The majestic Alpine mountains are in the surroundings of the castles acting like a shield protecting it from the storms.  The view from this castle is amazing as it varies, from the peaceful green valley with lush hillsides and clear blue lakes to the historic medieval town of Fussen and the majestic Alpine mountain range.

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The government of Schwangau has done an amazing job in preserving the area and its Bavarian culture and architecture, only making it even more attractive to the tourists from all across the globe.

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When plan your visit to the fascination place, plan a trip of more than 14 days to enjoy all the region. This place has to offer delicious food, classic Bavarian beer, four castles, two preserved medieval ruins, five beautiful lakes for water sports and local music festivals. You will love every single moment you spend in this beautiful location.

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Prague Travel Guide: How To Visit On A Budget

Ever heard of Prague? If not, then let me tell you,it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  You will love meandering through the narrow streets of the capital of Bohemia. It is an amazing city with deep history, delicious beer, classical architecture, fairly affordable prices. But my advice if you want to visit this place, then visit it as soon as possible as the prices are creeping up more and more. Additionally, it’s one of Europe’s best destinations for enjoying nightlife, because of the thriving nightclub scene and large student population.

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How Much Budget You Need To Visit Prague?

Prague is an amazing city and the fact that it is budget friendly makes it even better. To be honest a year back everything was pretty cheap, but it’s still affordable as compared to other European cities. But don’t worry, you can still find amazing super cheap beer here.  We recommend budgeting $25-$40 per day if you’re on a backpacker’s budget — you can easily spend more and you might be able to spend less, but this is a good range for planning purposes.

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How Long You Should Stay In Prague?

Short on time? If yes, then you can easily visit the city in 2-4 days. You can see all the major locations in the city in two full days, but staying there for three to four days will offer you a chance to have a better experience. There are a few nice day trips from Prague, notably Cesky Krumlov, so add a day or two if you that sounds interesting to you.

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What Is The Best Time To Visit Prague?

Prague can get pretty hot in the summer; normal temperature can usually drift around the mid 70s from around mid of May to September. The tourists start to pour in from mid June to August, so May and September are good months to visit.

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Prague’s winter season is quite cold so expect highs around 35F and lows around 25F in the month of December. However, visiting the city during the Christmas season is best as the city transforms into a holiday wonderland.

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Prague A Quick Overview: The Good And Not So Interesting Things To See

Prague is an all time favorite destination for a reason, but  even this city has its odds and evens, that I would like you to know.

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The Good

  • Architecture
  • Charles Bridge
  • Beer
  • Food
  • Nightlife

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The Not-So-Good

  • Loads of Tourists
  • Not “Eastern Europe” Cheap
  • Pickpockets and Taxi Scams.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Palawan Island In 2017

Have you heard of the Palawan Island? It’s one of the most beautiful and exotic destinations in the world. We have collected a list of seven reasons why you should visit it in this year or in 2017. These seven reasons will definitely get you convinced for visiting this place: as there is no destination like Palawan Island on this planet.

Amazing Beaches

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Palawan Island is famous for owning some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Its unspoiled beaches are surrounded by crystal clear waters which are basically one of the main attractions of the island.

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If you are a seafood lover, then you will absolutely love this destination. Palawan offers you the taste of fresh fish caught from the sea few hours before cooking is simply tempting. Seafood will be the most common food you will have here, but it will be served in several different ways that will just excite your taste buds.

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The locals from Palawan Island as well as from the Philippines are the most humble, friendly, amazingly laid back and happy-go-lucky people. So just imagine being surrounded by locals who are exceptionally friendly will definitely help you out in spending a chilled day on your holiday trip.

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sunbathingThe environment of this destination is a nice tropical climate with pleasant temperatures all the year round with a lot of sunshine. The climate of Palawan Island is quite different then the climate of other parts of the Philippines, because of its geographical location, Palawan is rarely hit by any typhoons.

Diving Under The Sea

 

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Palawan Island offers a wide variety of diving experience places for tourists. The Tubbataha reef which falls in the middle of the Sulu Sea, is heaven to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world and it is also considered the best diving spot in the Philippines.

The Underground River

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The most amazing attractions in the Palawan Island is the Subterranean River. The river is an underground river which is a UNESCO world heritage site and is one of the world’s new seven wonders of nature. It is 8.2 kilometer river and is said to be the longest navigable underground river in the world.

It’s Budget Friendly

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If you are traveling to Palawan Island then you don’t need to worry about the budget as it is really cheap and you feel guilty for spending less. You can easily get a good place for accommodation along with local transport and food is USD 20 for a day.

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Qasr Amra – A Desert Castle In Jordan

Located in Jordan Qasr Amra is a historic place that is quite famous amongst the tourists. What’s so interesting about this place? It’s basically a red limestone palace. This palace dates back to the 8th Century and is located east of Amman. As per history, this palace was constructed under the reign of Ommayyad Caliph Al-Walid.

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Qasr Amra is known by many other names, but the most popular ones are the Qasr Amra and Little Palace at Amra.When you walk downhill from the visitor’s area towards this modest architecture, it’s not really difficult to make out what all the fuss is about.

When you enter the main building into the main hall where all the parties, exhibitions, grand dinners and meetings were once held, it is absolutely underwhelming as the intense light from all around the desert eradicates the frescoes inside.

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But then gradually your eyes get accustomed to the light and you are further greeted by two bare-breasted women painted on the arches, with bowls of food or money against the blue background, draped in rich quality detailed work cloth.

These are not the usual styled images of the day; they belong to a religious canon of symbols and signs. Instead, they seem to be a unique attempt to capture daily reality and dissimilar to the geometric imagery that comes to be linked to an early Islamic art.

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When you go further there is a small doorway that leads through three small rooms that are made for the baths. The changing room (apodyterium) has a very diverse architecture, Qasr Amra has three blackened faces on the ceiling which depicts the three stages of a man’s life. Locals of this area believe that the central figure among the three is a representation of Christ. The left wall has a strange painting of a bear playing a banjo, along with a monkey applauding monkey which without any doubt seems to be some political narcissism of the day.

It should also be noted that Qasr Amra is not a residential area, nor it was ever intended to be occupied over the passage of time.

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The Reason Why Everyone Love These Top 6 honeymoon Destinations

Imagine that you have spent months planning your big day, you have dealt with a crazy schedule, getting everything assorted, dealing with both your “in-laws and the outlaws”. You have worried about the timelines, the arrangements and obsessed about getting every detail perfect.

So now it’s time for you and your hubby to sit back and relax, play and create an amazing honeymoon tour and make some lifetime memories. But wait, you are again fretting about where to go? Well, worry not we got you cover for this one. Here are the top six honeymoon destinations of this year, which is a must to check out, pick any one destination and you will absolutely love it.

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Mexico is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world. Cancun in Mexico is definitely the place to be for your honeymoon. The place is not only famous for its crystal clear beaches, but is also famous for having historical ruins to explore and couples to get involved in other activities like windsurfing and diving. There is plenty of variety for seeking relaxation in different luxury resorts.

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Mauritius is another popular destination for honeymoon couples and to be honest, it rightfully deserves to be popular. With many luxurious resorts it has to offer and mesmerizing views of the white sandy beaches and the turquoise blue ocean. I wonder who wouldn’t want to visit it for a romantic getaway.

Saint Lucia

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This beautiful island is located to the east of the Caribbean and it has one of the most beautiful sceneries. With lush green tropical forests and clear waters, it is an ideal location for trekking, scuba diving and definitely for spending your honeymoon.

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One of the most popular destinations for honeymoon couples is Thailand; it’s a combination of beauty and South East Asian Culture. Many honeymooners have titled it as a relaxation destination. We recommend Thailand as the most perfect honeymoon destinations in the world, explore the landscapes, visit different temples and sights, shop till you drop, stay at a beach resort.

Bora Bora

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Ever heard of Bora Bora locate in the French Polynesia, it is the land of great ocean views, beautiful sandy beaches and exotic over-water bungalows. I think the picture is already made in your mind, imagine spending your romantic getaway, there with the man of your life. If your idea of a romantic getaway is relaxing and sunbathing in private over-water deck, then consider Bora Bora as the best destination for it.

The Bahamas

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It’s an archipelago of around 700 diverse islands located off coast Florida is the beautiful clear ocean. The Bahamas is a perfect choice for those couples who wish to enjoy the sun, sea, sand and the lush green surroundings. Its relaxing way of life and several island hideaways to discover will make sure that your honeymoon is one of a lifetime experience for you.

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Five Things About Taj Mahal You Have To Experience It Yourself

When you land in Agra, the very first impression that you will make is that it’s a very congested city full of hustle and bustle, without any interesting sites to see. In fact, the whole city will seem to you like any other ordinary city until you realize that this is the same city that is famous all around the world for its international monument the “Taj Mahal”.

For many who have seen this beautiful monument in magazines, movies or read different blogs about it will find an aura and charm about it that catches the attention.  Additionally, it is a fact that Taj Mahal is one of the most visited monuments of the world and it immediately finds a place in your places-to-visit list.

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1.     The History

There is nothing more fascinating in this world than the Mughal history. Back in the 17th century the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan ordered the creation of Taj Mahal, which till today is the reminiscent of the Mughal period. It depicts the luxurious lifestyle and the grand royalty of the Mughals. A visit to the Taj Mahal takes you back in the time of the majestic era and you can fantasize all about the life of the Raja’s and Rani’s (kings and queens).

2.     The Glamour

Everyone in this world is aware of the Taj Mahal, as it has been showcased so many times in the Indian and Hollywood movies. The mesmerizing beauty of Taj Mahal is so captivating and adds instant charm to any frame in which it is shown, which binds you to wonder what it would actually feel like to be there in real.

3.     The Architecture

Taj Mahal is a brilliant piece of the Mughal architecture, every column, and area of Taj Mahal is an absolute work of art.  It is simply one of the most mesmerizing monuments ever built, which leaves its viewer awe-struck.  It took nearly 22 years to complete this masterpiece and to be honest the outcome was worth the wait. The building is built of semi-translucent white marble, which justifies the beauty of this monument. Once you visit this amazing place you will realize why it actually took 22 years to complete this masterpiece, every single wall has marvelous details embedded in it that only leaves a person with a feeling of amazement.Taj Mahal (1)Taj Mahal photography

4.     Wonder Of The World

The Taj Mahal has been part of the many lists that recommend the best places to visit in the world. It is clearly fair to say that Taj Mahal deserved to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is also a part of the UNESCO world heritage site. You would never in your wildest dreams want to miss the chance to see such a monument when you are in a country that owns it.

5.     The Essence Of Love

Taj Mahal is the creation of the eternal love that Shah Jahan had for his second wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. All the time, effort and the utmost finesse involved in building this mesmerizing monument was the result of the never-ending love which Shah Jahan had for his wife. When you actually stand in front of the Taj Mahal with this thing in your mind, you actually start to feel something similar to that emotion which the emperor had for his love.

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