Published On: Mon, Oct 2nd, 2017

Taj Mahal Gets No Mention In UP Tourism Booklet

Even though Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world, it has lately failed to find a place in the new tourism booklet of Uttar Pradesh government.

Titled as ‘Uttar Pradesh Paryatan-Apaar Sambhavanaayein’ (Uttar Pradesh Tourism-Unlimited Possibilities), the booklet has featured iconic Ganga Aarti of Varansi on its cover page and an exclusive inside page has been dedicated to the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath is the presiding priest of the Gorakhnath temple.

Taj Mahal Gets No Mention In UP Tourism Booklet

Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage site, but in June this year the UP CM said the musoleum does not represent Indian culture.

Taj Mahal attracts about sixty lakh international tourists per year.

Adityanath said, “Ramayana and the Gita represent Indian culture, not the Taj Mahal.”

Uttar Pradesh tourism minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi released the booklet in state capital Lucknow on World Tourism Day.

Director general UP tourism, Avneesh Awasthi, said the dropping of Taj Mahal from the tourism booklet was not done deliberately and any related allegation is incorrect.

Awasthi added, “This was not a compendium of tourist attractions in UP, merely a book highlight the works done by the incumbent government and the projects it plans to take up.”

Currently the state government is planning to work on the Heritage Arc that comprises of Agra, Lucknow and Varanasi.

The government has also mentioned to be developing trails of Jain, Sufi, Craft, Freedom Struggle, Cuisines and Culture in Uttar Pradesh.

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