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10 interesting facts about the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal has held a special place in the minds of Indians — and travelers — as THE symbol of love. Here are some interesting facts about it that you may not have known.

1. Labor of decades

It took 22 years and around 22,000 people to build the Taj Mahal. It’s said that over 1,000 elephants were used to transport necessary construction materials. It cost about 32 million of Indian currency to build at the time of construction.

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Bid to give tourists most out of the Taj experience

For the joy of visiting Taj Mahal in the moonlight as on any other night, Taj nature walk is going to be a regular feature instead of once a month.

Awaiting clearance from the Supreme Court, Taj nature walk is a project of the forest department aimed at promoting activity around the world-famous monument and it will be taken up for review by the National Monument Authority (NMA) in March. “Once the authority gives a go-ahead, we will move Supreme Court,” said PCCF, UP, J S Asthana.

Taj nature walk was abandoned in 1997 due to shortage of funds, but it was announced as a new scheme in budget 2013-14. To boost eco-tourism activities around Taj, the department has 22 jobs up its sleeves, right from landscaping to making a cycle track and a butterfly park. But, it requires permission from NMA and SC.

Superintending archaeologist (monuments), Archaeological Survey of India, Agra circle, N K Pathak, said “we did go through the proposal and till 500 metres around the monument, the forest department have planned to set up small huts and plant saplings. There is no permanent structure they have planned to build so we gave our in-principle approval.”

At present, Taj nature walk comprises 25 hectares, from sunrise to sunset. As per the revised project 266 hectares will be covered, and attractions like boat ride in Yamuna, camel safari and night camps would be added. “To make it happen, minor work in east, west and north directions of Taj will be taken up. Tajganj has been left out since it is inhabited,” said N K Janoo, district forest officer at the headquarters.

Additional facilities have to be created without disturbing the existing infrastructure and considering the capacity of the place to entertain tourists.

About 183 hectare forest area at the eastern gate of the Taj will be developed more to provide additional tourist facilities. The mounds in the ravine area, nearest to the Taj, will be beautified to let tourists have a different view of the monument from different altitudes.

The 21-hectare Mumtaz eco-park which lies in Taj corridor area will also be developed to connect Taj and Agra fort.

The project is budgeted at approximately Rs 70 crore.

source: The Times of India, 21 Feb 2014

Clean India Campaign Event at Agra

Union Tourism Minister Shri K Chiranjeevi launched the Project “Clean India Campaign” at Taj Mahal, Agra today. Taj Mahal is the second heritage site to be covered under this project. The first being Qutub Minar Delhi which has been adopted by India Tourism Development Corporation in June 2012.

Clean India Campaign has been initiated by the Ministry of Tourism with the objective to increase tourist arrivals to the country and to improve quality of services and provide a hygienic environment in and around tourist destinations across the country.

On the request from the Tourism Minister, the Oil & Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) has agreed to adopt and upkeep the environs of Taj Mahal Complex including up gradation of tourist facilities in the monument. The ONGC will directly fund the aforesaid works covered under the Clean India Campaign to Archaeological Survey of India.

Under the Clean India project issues pertaining to the heritage site are taken care of which include including providing drinking water facilities, cleaning, providing uniform signage’s in and around the premises, placing of garbage bins , various repair/replacement work, management and garbage clearance, landscaping, tourist help desks and deployment of volunteers for better management amongst others.

Clean India Campaign is a multi pronged action and comprehensive strategy to ensure an acceptable level of cleanliness and hygiene practices at tourist destinations for an inclusive and sustainable development of tourism through ownership and involvement of private and public sector stakeholders. This initiative aims to create a collective mindset that promotes cleanliness and hygiene by a balance of persuasion, education, sensitization, training, demonstration, regulation and involvement of every individual.

source: Allvoices, 24 July 2013

Fascinating Agra Attraction

Are you passionately waiting to submerge into fascinating attractions of Agra? Why not browse Himalayan Glacier’s mostly revisited trip package to India’s city of epitome of love, Agra and enjoy its attractions!

One of the biggest Agra attractions is of course the Taj Mahal, which attracts tourists from across the world. The Taj Mahal is a memorial of love built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in the 17th century. There are other tourist attractions which make a visit to this North Indian city worthwhile. The city’s Mughal monuments are a must in any Agra sightseeing tour.

Beyond the Taj Mahal, one of the biggest Agra’ attractions is the Agra Fort, built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, and now a World Heritage Site. Other attractions include Fatehpur Sikhri, again built by Akbar, and which has a number of striking buildings of historical importance. Other places on the Agra sightseeing sites include Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, Akbar’s Tomb in Sikandra, the Mughal garden of Ram Bagh and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

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Visit Fabulous Attractions of Agra

Would you like to throb within the pulsating beauty of Agra, the city of Taj Mahal? Join Himalayan Glacier, we take you to Agra, one of the most visited cities of India located in north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh at the bank of Yamuna River.

Agra is a very important historical city of India civilized by the Mughal rulers. The city also served as the capital of Mughal for some time. Mainly the city is famous for wonderful historical monuments built by the Mughal emperors.

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