- Fatehpur Sikri Easily visited in conjunction with the Taj Mahal, this UNESCO World Heritage Site, the former Mughal capital, is astounding for its prescient urban planning and architecture.
- Khajuraho The temples of Khajuraho, built between the 9th and 10th centuries, are famous for their exquisite sculptures, especially the erotic ones; it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The Taj Mahal One of the most iconic sites in the world, the Taj is even more enchanting in real life; the minute detail is awe-inspiring.
- Varanasi One of the holiest cities in the world, Varanasi is unlike anywhere else you'll go; it can be quite a culture shock, but it's a truly awesome, unforgettable experience. Nearby Sarnath is the site of the Buddha's first teachings.
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