Taj Mahal dropped from tourism booklet of Uttar Pradesh; Saif Khalid; Al Jazeera

India – Taj Mahal

Controversial move to remove UNESCO world heritage site from tourism brochure criticised as ‘sectarian’.

The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, attracting more than six million tourists a year.

Although the monument attracts more tourists than any other site in India, it seems it is out of favour with the government of Uttar Pradesh (UP), where it is located.

The iconic monument, a UNESCO world heritage site considered a “symbol of love”, was not featured in the tourism booklet issued by the UP government last week.

The 32-page booklet titled “Uttar Pradesh Tourism: Its High Potential”, released by Rita Bahuguna Joshi, state tourism minister, mentions a number of Hindu and Buddhist religious places, but misses one of the world’s most famous monuments.

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