1 Taj Mahal

The world’s most beautiful building, and India’s top tourist sight, marking the zenith and prefection of Mughal architecture, never fails to impress.

2 Akbar’s mausoleum, Sikandra

The great Mughal’s tomb looks just as it does in old miniatures, with tame monkeys and deer wandering in its ornamental gardens.

3 Fatehpur Sikri

An awesomely grand, deserted palace complex in what was once the imperial capital of Mughal India, straddling an arid ridge near the Rajasthani border.

4 Kalinjar Fort

In the dusty badlands on the southern edge of the state, and well off the usual tourist trail, this remote fort well repays the effort of getting to it.

5 Varanasi

Take a boat on the Ganges before dawn to watch the sun rise over India’s most ancient and sacred city.

6 Sarnath

Evocative ruins on the site where the Buddha gave his first sermon.

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