The court said members of the civil society including experts from different fields should be involved in devising a strategy to protect the Taj Mahal.
The Supreme Court today said “ad hoc” measures are not enough to preserve the Taj Mahal for “a few hundred years” and directed the UP government to prepare a comprehensive document with a futuristic vision to protect the historic 17th century mausoleum for future generations.
A bench comprising Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said the steps proposed for preservation of Mughal-era monument were not enough and the state should come out of its “bureaucratic” approach and explore a long term steps to protect the Taj.
India’s iconic ivory-white marble mausoleum the Taj Mahal located on the bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra is the second-best UNESCO world heritage site in the world, according to a new survey.
With over 8 million visitors per year, the monument of love was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
The Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. It is described as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.
The survey was conducted by online travel portal TripAdvisor, where it listed the UNESCO Cultural and Natural heritage sites best rated by travellers around the globe.
NEW DELHI: The Taj Mahal, India”s iconic ivory-white marble mausoleum in Agra, is the second best UNESCO world heritage site in the world, according to a new survey.
With over eight million visitors per year, the monument of love built by mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, is rated after Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.
Conducted by online travel portal TripAdvisor, the survey lists the UNESCO Cultural and Natural heritage sites best rated by travellers around the globe.
“You can find hundreds of tours and experiences to visit this mesmerising site, from a private tour with guide and visit at sunset or sunrise, to a visit including a home cooked meal at a local home in Agra,” the travel portal said.
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“The challenge to the Indian-ness of the Taj Mahal is a challenge to the Indian-ness of Muslims”.
Perhaps no single building is more associated with India and Indian history than the Taj Mahal. The story behind the building is almost as famous as its architecture, a paragon of the Indo-Islamic style. In the mid-17th century, the grieving Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, using 20,000 laborers over 20 years, constructed the enormous mausoleum for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, after she died during childbirth.
In time, the Taj Mahal, with its milky white, meticulously carved and decorated marble walls, became an eternal symbol of love and Mughal extravagance; Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore once described it as “a teardrop on the cheek of time.” Designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, it receives over 7 million visitors each year.
Tourists can walk 1.5 kms up to the Taj Mahal, the court said.
The Supreme Court has refused to lift the status quo order on construction of a multi-level parking near the iconic Taj Mahal, saying there is no harm in tourists walking up to the monument.
“You can’t get Taj again if it is destroyed. As it is, pollution in Agra is very high. We don’t want you to have an ad hoc measures. Have a long-term perspective to protect the monument. You don’t have a vision document for the protection of Taj. That’s the whole problem,” the court told the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday.
The apex court rapped the state government for not coming out with a comprehensive policy to protect and preserve the beauty of Taj Mahal, saying “we need sustainable development”.
I have this dream of visiting one wonder of the world each year. So Agra was on bucket list for a long time as I thought of starting with the symbol of love (the Taj Mahal) . And I am so glad Agra happened. Such serene is the aura there that it makes coming back damn difficult….
We reached Agra in the afternoon and my itinerary is as follows..
Inclusions: Agra fort and Taj Mahal (night view)
Agra fort – This is a beautiful Fort built by Moghul emporer Akbar. A UNESCO world heritage site, this fort is also called red fort or lal quila. It is made of sandstone and has 4 gates. On clear days, it offers spectacular panoramic view of taj mahal. The Fort has grand structures and intricate carvings like sheesh mahal, khas mahal, anguri bagh, nagina masjid, mina masjid..
Is there a sight more iconic, more beautiful, more jaw-droppingly spectacular than the Taj Mahal?
Quite honestly, we can’t think of one.
At the very least, there’s no mausoleum more grand, no declaration of love more apparent than building a marble masterpiece for one’s favorite wife… And no better reason to travel than seeing its magnificence up close.
After all, this is art. Built in Agra, India between 1631 and 1648, it’s also history. And, of course, it’s the perfect opportunity to take some otherworldly photos. So, to help visitors prepare for their Taj Mahal travels, we’ve prepared a little guide, enlisting the help of some Intrepid experts – from Destination Managers to acclaimed trip leaders – to cover all the bases.
Coming up: what to bring, where to take the best snaps, what else to see in Agra (and beyond), and so much more…
That’s the advice I was repeatedly given about visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. People said Agra was a dirty, dusty, crowded city that didn’t warrant a visit of more than a few hours. Being a bit of a rebel, however, I was unconvinced. Instead, I booked three nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton and hopped aboard a local bus in Delhi, determined to discover the best things to see and do in Agra.
In a nod to conformity, I decided to visit the Taj Mahal on my first day in Agra. A huge percentage of tourists visit this wonder of the world on day tours from Delhi. By 10 a.m., caravans of tour buses are vomiting thousands of visitors onto the grounds.
Agra is a well-known city resting on the bank of river Yamuna, in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. Agra is one of the most populous city in Uttar Pradesh and is regarded as the top North India tourist places. It is popular among tourists because of its Mughal style architecture and world heritage sites. Agra along with Delhi and Jaipur is included in Golden Triangle, while Agra, Lucknow, and Varanasi collective known as Uttar Pradesh Heritage Arc. Though Agra is largely associated with Mughal empire but the reference of this can be found in Mahabharata, which is an ancient Indian epic. The city is well connected via rail, road, and air. You may also opt to visit Delhi first and then transfer to Agra via bus or train route.