Taj Mahal in Agra
You may often have heard that the Taj Mahal in Agra is Indias biggest tourist attraction. Visited by millions of people, the magnificent mausoleum that stands testimony to Mughal architecture is one of Indias finest historical monuments. Despite this, believe it or not, Taj Mahal has failed to make it to the new UP tourism booklet. You may recollect that UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said earlier this year that it is the Ramayana and Mahabharata that represent Indian culture and not the Taj Mahal. The Adityanath-led BJP governments first state budget for 2017-18 which had a special section Hamari Sanskritik Virasat (Our Cultural Heritage) too did not make any mention of the Taj Mahal. The UP tourism booklet does have all the other major tourist attractions of UP, most of which are religious spots including Ganga Aarti of Varanasi, Gorakhpurs Gorakh Peeth, Mathura-Vrindavan, and Ayodhya. While the UP state government authorities have clarified that a picture of the Taj Mahal will later be added to the booklet, it is quite shocking that such a major tourist spot has no place in the tourism booklet of the state. Heres a reminder of why Taj Mahal could well be the tourism mascot of India. Also Read - Man Walks 200 KMs From Delhi to Reach Madhya Pradesh But Dies in Agra
According to the UP tourism website itself, the Taj Mahal attracts from 7 to 8 million visitors annually, with more than 0.8 million from overseas. Also Read - Shah Jahan Urs Called Off This Year as Taj Mahal Closes Amid COVID-19 Scare
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It is one of the most well-maintained historical monuments of India. Polluting traffic is not allowed near the complex and tourists must either walk from parking lots or catch an electric bus. Tourists entering the complex are not allowed to wear shoes near the main structure. You need to cover your feet with a white cover provided by the authorities.
Some of the most prominent personalities born on this planet have visited the Taj Mahal in Agra and expressed their awe for the monument. These personalities include major film stars, political personalities, and social workers.
The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built between 1631 and 1648, the stunning monument is one of Indias most historical sites and a marvelous epitome of Mughal architecture in India.
What makes Taj Mahal so famous is that it is believed to stand testimony to the love of Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The magnificence of its architecture combined with the gesture behind it make it worth a visit to every tourist in the world.
Regardless of whether the Taj Mahal features in the UP tourism booklet or not, it is expected to continue attracting visitors from all across the globe. A visit to the Taj Mahal is an experience of a lifetime. Its sheer aura and grandeur will leave you speechless.