The Taj Mahal, aka the monument of love, needs no introduction. You may have marveled at pictures of this white marble mausoleum, built by the famous Mughal king Shah Jahan, in loving memory of Mumtaz Mahal, his third wife. You may have heard of the finesse of its Mughal architecture, which seamlessly blends elements from Ottoman, Persian, Islamic, Turkish and Indian styles. And you may know that it took 10 years and thousands of artists and craftsmen to complete this UNESCO World Heritage listed masterpiece. But to stand before the Taj Mahal – bathed in the warm glow of sunrise or glowing white in striking contrast against the crimson hues of sunset – to stand there in person and witness the sheer magnificence of this manmade wonder, is to finally realize that you are indeed, in India.