The Taj Mahal is universally recognized as the greatest masterpiece in Indo-Islamic architecture. The white marble mausoleum was commissioned in 1632 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Spatial grandeur, arches, domes, relief work, and precious stone inlay are among its defining characteristics. Bonus: You don’t have to blow your budget to witness the majesty of the Taj Mahal. India is one of the top spots to travel cheap while living luxe.
Exploring the mysteries Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia tops our list of unforgettable trips that won’t break the bank. Part of one of the most significant archaeological sites in Southeast Asia (the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 14th century). This massive temple complex was originally constructed as a Hindu place of worship for the god Vishnu and is the largest religious structure on the planet!