If you want to surprise your loved one with a romantic, yet memorable getaway, you should take them to places that are built in the name of love.
Taj Mahal in Agra, India
Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most famous and beautiful monument of love, was built by the Fifth Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, in the 17th century. Despite having seven wives, his third wife Empress Mumtaz Mahal was his favorite. She accompanied him on his trips throughout the Empire, but sadly, she died while giving birth to their 14th child. In response to the death of his beautiful 38-year old wife, he built the fascinating ivory-marble Taj Mahal.
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5am wake up missions with @stephjianni @drewcolins @onwardsalex and @tradewindtravelers to catch the first light hitting the Taj Mahal. Who would you want to see this with? ===== Pro-tip when visiting India: I personally think that the Taj Mahal is best seen at sunrise. I went the day before for sunset (don't get me wrong it was amazing), but if I remember correctly, there are 4,000+ people at any given time during the evening. If you want a peaceful serene experience with one of the world's most fascinating buildings, wake up hella early 💪🏽🌅
Mystery Castle in Phoenix, Arizona
This castle was built in the 1930s in the name of love between a father and daughter. A man called Boyce Luther Gully was diagnosed with tuberculosis, so he left his wife and his 5-year-old girl named Mary Lou.
When she turned 22, she received a letter from her dying father in which he told her that he had built her a castle, just as he promised her. The fortress was made from junk that nobody wanted – stone, automobile parts, telephone poles, salvaged rail tracks from a mine etc. Mary Lou moved to the Mystery Castle with her mother, and lived there until her death in 2010.
Kodai-Ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan
Believe it or not, in the past, not only men built monuments for their loved ones. One stunning example is the Kodai-Ji Temple, which was built by a woman in 1606 in memory of her dead husband. Kita-no-Mandokoro, after the death of her spouse, became a priestess at the temple where she stayed until her death in 1624. Both husband and wife were buried at the temple garden.