Taj Mahal was failed to find place in UP government’s new released tourism booklet. Millions of tourists mostly from abroad visits Taj Mahal every year. Taj Mahal, one of the Seven modern Wonders of the World, has been removed from Uttar Pradesh government’s booklet aimed to promote tourist spots in the state. The 32-page booklet, which has the famed Ganga aarti as its cover image, has been printed to promote the tourist spots in Uttar Pradesh, but surprisingly the most prominent and popular Taj Mahal is missing.On being asked about Taj Mahal‘s omission, the state tourism department said that the white marble stunner is not being neglected or marginalised. “The booklet was released only for the purposes of a press conference and is not a guide to UP’s tourism spots. It mentions new and upcoming projects of the UP tourism department, and new focus areas. There are many ongoing projects of the UP tourism at the Taj Mahal — a parking project, a Taj Agra fort linkage project and a development project, among others,” said Avanish Awasthi, a senior official of the UP Tourism Department.A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government led by Yogi Adityanath is in power in the state.
Over 60 lakh tourists – mostly from abroad – visit the monument every year with most of the revenue coming from tourists visiting the tomb of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz.Earlier in June, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said that “the Ramayana and the Gita represent Indian culture and not the Taj Mahal.” However, the Taj Mahal, which has been named a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO, is among the 10 iconic spots to that have been listed under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Clean India mission.
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