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Agra is synonymous with the Taj Mahal, a sight as beautiful as it is imposing. To make a visit less daunting (the monument receives a rumored 15,000 visitors each day), we’ve mapped out how to schedule a short trip.

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Approximately seven million people visit the iconic Taj Mahal each year. Of those, about 15 percent are from countries across the globe, drawn by its legacy of love and romance. It’s simply a must see on any visit to India. Since there is no commercial airport in Agra (and private charters are often cancelled due to winter fog), most visitors arrive either by train or car via a new highway from Delhi, a drive that takes roughly three-and-a half hours. To see the fabled sight at its best, we recommend spending at least one night so you can view it at sunset and sunrise. Thanks to the palatial Amarvilas hotel, a night in Agra can now be an indulgent overnight.

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