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Taj Mahal missing from UP govt’s tourism booklet

Taj Mahal

Lucknow:  Taj Mahal, one of the World’s Seven Wonders, has found no mention in an Uttar Pradesh government’s tourism booklet on key attractions in the state.

The 32-page glossy booklet titled ‘Uttar Pradesh Paryatan-Apaar Sambhavanaayein’ (UP Tourism-Unlimited Possibilities), which has the iconic Ganga Aarti of Varanasi as its cover image has been printed to promote the tourist spots in Uttar Pradesh, but surprisingly the most prominent and popular one is missing.

Interestingly, one page of the booklet has also been dedicated to the Gorakhnath temple, of which UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath is the presiding priest.

The booklet was released in Lucknow at a press conference on World Tourism Day by UP’s tourism minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi.

But later, after reports in a section of the media regarding the Taj Mahal, the state tourism ministry issued a press release detailing a number of projects it had initiated for the Taj Mahal and areas around it.

According to reports, the UP government had proposed a slew of tourism projects worth Rs 370 crore, around half of which is meant for the Taj Mahal and its surrounding areas.

The proposal for the projects have been prepared in consultation with the World Bank and submitted to the Union government for approval, which is expected within the next three months, the release read.

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