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It is one of the most magnificent wonders of the world and one of history’s greatest love letters — the Taj Mahal. Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned the colossal project in the mid-1600s in honor of his wife and to furnish her remains. The project took over 20 years to complete and drew architectural notes from Persian, Indian, and Islamic design. Travel tip: If you have the time, try to visit the site at different times of the day. The shimmering hues of the mausoleum evolve and morph throughout the day with the varying light; it is said that this was meant to be representative of the changing moods of the emperor’s wife.