Will India take down the Taj Mahal?

One of India's most iconic symbols is tangled up in controversy.

The Taj Mahal is a huge attraction for tourists - but it was built by tens of thousands of Indian slaves. And now, some Indians are calling for any buildings with ties to slavery to be destroyed. Watch the video above to find out more.

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Hotels with iconic views
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Hotels with iconic views

Give your trip to Florence a literary twist by staying in a real 'room with a view' at the Hotel Brunelleschi. Some of the 96 rooms have splendid views of the Duomo di Firenze, while others overlook the lively commercial street Via dei Calzolari and picturesque square Piazzetta del Giglio. Stay in the new Tower Suite in a sixth-century semi-circular Byzantine tower for the best views of Giotto’s bell tower, the Brunelleschi dome, Ghiberti tower and Palazzo Vecchio.

Located just 600 metres from India's most iconic monument, The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra overlooks the Taj Mahal from every bedroom and public space so you can see it from the comfort of your room, bathroom, the swimming pool and dining room without the crowds. Watch the Taj Mahal changing throughout the day in the light, from the pink rays of dawn to glowing white in the moonlight.

What a view! One of Patagonia's most breathtaking views of the Torres del Paine National Park's famous peaks can be seen close-up from a room at Explora Patagonia with Natural World Safaris. The hotel was built horizontally as a long structure and painted to blend with its surroundings of mainly white snow and ice - simply stunning.
If you're looking for a hotel in Paris with views of the Eiffel Tower, you'll love the boutique hotel Marignan Paris with its mesmerising vista of the iconic structure from the Terrace Suite. The bedroom and bathroom are uber-chic but you'll want to spend night and day on the terrace where you can see the City of Lights in all its glory. Add romance to your stay by enjoying dinner on the terrace overlooking the lights of the Eiffel Tower.

Luxurious and romantic Longitude 131° lies at the gateway of the World Heritage-listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, complete with private views of the sun rising and setting over Uluru (Ayers Rock). With just 15 tents at Longitude 131°, you only have to share the amazing view with a few others. At night, dine out under the spectacular desert night sky at Table 131°.

For marvellous views over the rooftops of Rome across to St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, book a room at the elegant Hotel Splendide Royal in Rome. The hotel overlooks the Villa Borghese gardens and The Mirabelle restaurant's gourmet terrace boasts a superb city panorama and a bird’s eye view of the Spanish Steps and boutiques of Via dei Condotti. Most of the rooms have terraces with sweeping city views, dominated by St Peter’s Basilica.

Check out the amazing view of Crater Lake from Oregon's Crater Lake Lodge! America's deepest lake, located in the Crater Lake National Park, is best viewed from the deluxe lake side rooms (401 0r 301). With the hotel best known for its magnificent lake views and being the only 'in-park' place to stay by Crater Lake, rooms are often booked a year in advance.
The Hay-Adams claims to be the only place in Washington DC that overlooks uninterrupted views of The White House, Lafayette Square and Capitol Hill. From the lavishly decorated Federal Suite with its marble bathroom and ornamental fireplace you can enjoy a stunning White House view on the balcony and relax in the sitting area which offers a gorgeous panoramic view across the city.

Hello London! Marvel at the magnificent views of London from Park Plaza County Hall, where you can see the River Thames and the London Eye from your hotel room. Book a room on the highest floors for panoramic views of the Thames, Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and the City of London.

On a tailored Thailand holiday with Red Savannah, you can spend the night at this chic boutique hotel in Bangkok with amazing views of Bangkok's top attractions. Sala Rattanakosin looks across the Chao Phraya River and over to Wat Arun, the spectacular Buddhist temple and one of Bangkok’s iconic sights. You won't mind an early start here either, as the temple is best viewed in the morning when the sun reflects off its surface.

Fancy waking up to fine views of mighty Mount Kilimanjaro? The five-star Shu'mata Camp in Tanzania is the ultimate safari camp with views. Located at the foot of Kilimanjaro, the five luxury tented suites form a line on a hill with views in all directions. At the front of the property, bush savannah melts into the slopes of Kilimanjaro, towering above into the blue skies of Africa. The camp is so close to Kilimanjaro that on a moonlit night, details of the glaciers are visible.


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