Visitors limited by India in bid to save the Taj Mahal

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

In the hopes to preserve the infamous 17th century monument, one of the country’s biggest tourist attractions, India will restrict the number of daily visitors to the Taj Mahal. As domestic travel becomes more accessible, the number of Indian tourists has increased rapidly with millions of visitors visiting the Taj Mahal. Specialists believe that the increase in crowds causes wear and tear on the white marble tomb, which already must maintain regular cleaning to stop it from yellowing from ...

Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat among top two UNESCO world heritage sites

Thursday, 7 December 2017

The iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, India, has been rated the second best UNESCO world heritage site in the world after Angkor Wat, a new survey has revealed. The Taj Mahal, which is a burial chamber, boasts a white-marble exterior which pulls in over 8 million annual visitors. Meanwhile, reports have said that the country is completing the first thorough cleaning of the monument since it was built 369 years ago. Work on the Taj Mahal's minarets and walls is almost finished, after workers began the ...

Is religious bias destroying India’s iconic Taj Mahal?

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has come under sharp criticism for omitting the Taj Mahal from its annual tourism brochure, released on October 2. The stunning 17th century white marble mausoleum, unquestionably one of the major tourist attractions for millions of visitors across the globe, was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. However, this finest example of Indo-Islamic architecture is taking a beating these ...

Can India’s Supreme Court save the world famous Taj Mahal?

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

One of India’s most revered institutions – the Supreme Court – is proving to be an unflinching friend of the nation’s most well-known monument – the Taj Mahal, often described as one of the seven wonders of the world for its stunning marble beauty. “Do you want to destroy the world famous Taj Mahal?”, two justices of the apex court last week snapped at the government lawyer praying for clearance to chop down 400 trees to lay additional railway tracks ...

Insect poop threatens to damage marble at Taj Mahal

Monday, 23 May 2016

Swarms of insects breeding in a polluted river near the Taj Mahal are threatening the intricate marble inlay work

Miss Universe faces police case over Taj Mahal photo shoot

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Indian police said Thursday they had filed a case against Miss Universe for conducting an unauthorized footwear fashion shoot at the Taj Mahal which was slammed as an “insult” by the monument’s caretaker. Twenty-one-year-old American Olivia Culpo, wearing a long peach-colored dress, visited the world-famous “monument to love” in Agra on Sunday during a 10-day tour of India. “We have registered a case against Ms. Culpo and her team members after receiving a ...

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