The Eiffel Tower at night or the Taj Mahal? That's the question I asked 23 world-travellers. The winner, hands (and hearts) down, was the Taj Mahal. The breath-taking fortress built between 1632 and 1653 is a time-honoured salute to eternal love. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan constructed the marble mausoleum in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
(Photo courtesy of India Tourism)But it's also become an iconic photo op for the love-struck, in part, because of the romantic figures who've had their photos taken in front of the mammoth edifice. There was First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who had her photo taken not once but twice in front of the Taj Mahal. Those photos were reprinted for decades after the First Lady, on the tragic assassination of the president, left the White House as a young widow. Perhaps the most enduring and heartfelt image of all time is that of the late Lady Diana, Princess of Wales. She's pictured here, alone, somewhat forlorn, on a visit the Royal couple made to India in 1992. They were divorced just a year later.
(Photo courtesy Taj Mahal Net)Still, legions of tourists continue to visit the Taj Mahal and have their photo taken on the very same bench. Lovers, young and old, families, groups of teens and millions of other tourists gravitate toward the very same spot made famous by two modern-day romantic heroines whose love stories were equally tragic. Where's your most romantic photo op in the world?