One of the iconic monuments we visited in India was the Taj Mahal in Agra. We viewed it in varying lights, in the evening from across the Yamuna river, in the morning, where the plan was to be there at sunrise but the skies were overcast and it rained so we came a little later than originally planned. Anticipating the visual scene in the minds eye (and from photos) did not prepare us for the overarching impact of the actual building. It is highly elegant and simple and at the same time imposingly large. It is a really large structure with incredibly delicate decorations.
We also visited the "little Taj," Itimad-ud-Daulah's tomb. This tomb was built over six years starting in 1622 and served as a model for the Taj. Photos are included of this tomb in the photo story below.
Both tombs are in a garden setting on the Yamuna river and sit on a raised platform that enhances the visual impact.