Mahal

  • UP law and order situation to affect inbound tourism: Assocham June 10, 2014

    Deteriorating law and order situation and incidents of rape in Uttar Pradesh, reverberating in the global media, will leave an adverse impact on the tourism sector of the country, an Assocham report has said. About half of the total foreign tourists visit India to see Taj Mahal (Agra), Golden Temple (Amritsar),...
  • Elderly Fiji tourist dies of heat stroke in Agra May 25, 2014

    An elderly tourist from Fiji who came to India for his bypass surgery, died after suffering a heat stroke during a visit to the Taj Mahal. Mohammad Fazal, who was in his mid-60s, had come to India for a bypass heart surgery at Apollo hospital in Delhi and was on a...
  • Intense heat in Agra takes a toll on Taj Mahal visitors May 3, 2014

    The soaring day temperature in Agra is taking a toll on visitors to the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri. Very few tourists are now visiting the historic monuments. "Due to summer vacations, you only see youngsters and domestic tourists these days, but even their number has come down due to the...
  • Our PM candidate is Modi, regional parties should tell theirs: Arjun Munda April 22, 2014

    Claiming that if BJP voted to power it would definitely curb corruption and price rise in the country, former Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Monday asked the state's regional parties to tell who would be their prime ministerial candidate in case they win. Addressing a poll meeting in Sahebganj, which...
  • World Heritage Day: Agra residents show no pride to Taj city's rich historical legacy April 18, 2014

    While World Heritage Day was celebratd globally on Friday, Agra's residents seem unconcerned and indifferent to the Taj city's rich historical legacy. Even with three World Heritage monuments and two more, Akbar's tomb at Sikandra and Etmauddaula, in the pipeline, the people in Agra displayed no sense of pride in their...
  • Train journey from Delhi to Agra in just 90 minutes March 28, 2014

    Tired of nearly three-hour train journey to Agra? Now you can look forward to reaching the city of the Taj Mahal in just 90 minutes as the railways is set to increase the speed of the Shatabdi Express. Train journey between Delhi and Agra will be cut short to 90 minutes...
  • Aam Aadmi Party wants to make Agra worthy of the Taj Mahal March 28, 2014

    The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will help to make Agra a heritage city if it wins the Lok Sabha battle here. Agra deserves a much better deal for its contribution to history and India's secular ethos, its candidate Ravindra Singh told IANS. "Corruption-free governance is our top priority. But we also have...
  • At 23, Beatles' lead guitarist George Harrison clicked an iconic selfie at the Taj Mahal during his 1966 India visit March 24, 2014

    George Harrison, the lead guitarist for the Beatles, visited India in 1966. He was 23 year old then. He visited the iconic Taj Mahal like any ordinary tourist and decided to click a selfie. Harrison travelled to New Delhi the same year and bought a sitar from Rikhi Ram &...
  • Snapshot: Bollywood smitten by the Taj! Arjun Kapoor shoots for 'Tevar' in front of Taj Mahal March 5, 2014

    Arjun Kapoor, who is currently busy shooting for his upcoming film 'Tevar', was spotted at Taj Mahal. The actor along with the crew of the film shot a ceratin scene at Taj Mahal. Directed by Amit Sharma, 'Tevar' also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Manoj Bajpayee. The film is produced by...
  • Soon, enjoy hassle-free ride from Delhi to Taj Mahal by escaping Agra traffic March 4, 2014

    In two years, tourists from Delhi and Kanpur will be drive to the Taj Mahal from the Yamuna Expressway without entering the congested Agra city. This will be made possible by the Rs 306 crore inner city Ring Road that will connect the Yamuna Expressway with Fatehabad tourism complex near the...
  • Agra airport to get a new terminal after government approval March 4, 2014

    The Uttar Pradesh government's nod for acquiring around 50 acres of land for constructing a new terminal at Agra's Kheria Airport, which is part of an Indian Air Force base, has raised hopes of majorly boosting the Taj city's tourism industry. The state government has sanctioned Rs 60 crores for the land...
  • This video of a virtual 3D tour of the Taj Mahal using Google maps is the most amazing thing you'll see all day February 22, 2014

    Haven't been to the Taj Mahal? Well, here's your chance to see it in 3D using Google maps. The viral video shows the Taj Mahal in all its glory. The music in the video will definitely make you want to pack your bags and leave right away. Spare three minutes...
  • Now explore Taj Mahal in 360 degrees on Google Street View February 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Enthusiasts can now explore 360 degree online imagery of 30 Indian heritage sites, including the Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar and Red Fort, which were released by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Google. The launch was the result of Google and ASI's joint initiative to make 100 of...
  • Union minister agrees to probe into resale of Taj Mahal's entry tickets February 11, 2014

    Union minister for culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch on Tuesday agreed to investigate the allegations of resale of entrance tickets to the Taj Mahal. She admitted there could be resale of entrance tickets at the Taj Mahal after a delegation from Agra, led by MP Ram Shankar Katheria, met her on Tuesday...
  • Motorists to vroom in first motorcar race in Agra on Sunday February 8, 2014

    This Taj city will host its first motorcar race on Sunday, an organiser said on Saturday. Organised by Motor Sports Club of Agra, Taj Mahotsav Organising Committee and Incarnation Sports, the first Taj Sprint Speed will be held at Shastripuram. Motor Sports Club of Agra president Rajiv Gupta told IANS: "The five-km...
  • SC allows cutting down 38 trees in Taj Trapezium Zone February 3, 2014

    The Supreme Court allowed the Agra Municipal Corporation to cut down 38 trees in the protected area of Taj Mahal under the Taj Trapezium Zone but directed it to plant thrice the number of trees in the compound or nearby areas. A bench headed by Justice T S Thakur passed the order...
  • Zanzibar President, his entourage visit Amber Fort February 1, 2014

    Zanzibar President Ali Mohammed, his wife and members of his delegation visited the famous Amber Fort here on Saturday. The 28-member delegation visited Shish Mahal, Man Singh Mahal, Deewan-e-Aam, Deewan-e-Khas and other places in fort complex, officials said. A puppet show enthralled the delegation which was briefed about the history of the fort...
  • Taj Mahal to remain closed on Fridays in compliance with SC orders: ASI January 28, 2014

    The Archaeological Survey of India on Tuesday said the Taj Mahal will remain closed on Fridays in compliance with Supreme Court orders. The monument will remain closed once a week in compliance with the orders of the apex court, Superintending Archaeologist of ASI (Agra Zone) N K Pathak said on Tuesday. He...
  • Conservationists oppose move to open Taj Mahal on Fridays January 24, 2014

    Conservationists in Agra have opposed a government proposal to open the Taj Mahal on its weekly off on Friday to those who pay $100 or Rs 5,000. Agra Divisional Commissioner Pradeep Bhatnagar said a new proposal has been forwarded to allow entry to the protected monument on a holiday at a...
  • Now, pay Rs 5,000 to visit Taj Mahal on Fridays January 24, 2014

    The Taj Mahal will be thrown open for public on Fridays, but the visitors will have to shell out a hefty Rs 5,000 for a special ticket, which will cost 100 USD for a foreign tourist. This was decided at a meeting chaired by Divisional Commissioner of Agra Pradeep Bhatnagar. Visitors...
  • Preliminary probe suggests mismanagement led to Mumbai stampede January 18, 2014

    Mismanagement by community leaders and their failure to anticipate the number of people arriving to pay their last respect to the spiritual head of the Dawoodi Bohras led to the stampede in Mumbai on Saturday morning that claimed 18 lives, preliminary police probe has established. Lack of proper management and wrong...
  • TV Reality shows help promote classical music: Zakir Hussain January 16, 2014

    Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain says he supports reality shows on TV as they promote musical understanding and make classical music popular. Hussain also told the media after a show in Agra on Wednesday evening that he was conserving the "heritage of Amir Khusro" and promoting Sufi music. He said he was elated...
  • Carry identity proofs to enter Taj Mahal mosque on Fridays December 27, 2013

    People entering Taj Mahal complex for prayers on Fridays will now have to carry identity documents, according to a directive issued by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) following a complaint that non-Indians were also entering the mosque despite it being closed for visitors. The directive, issued by ASI's Agra unit superintending...
  • Delhi: 810 candidates in fray for 70-member assembly polls November 21, 2013

    A total of 810 candidates, including those from Congress, BJP and AAP, are in the fray for the December 4 polls to the 70-member Delhi assembly. Nomination papers of 900 candidates were accepted after scrutiny on November 19. "Ninety candidates have withdrawn their nominations yesterday following which 810 candidates would be contesting...
  • West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee shares dais with controversial TMC leader November 12, 2013

    Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Tuesday, shared dais with controversial Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mandal who had threatened to chop-off hands of Congress workers and asked partymen to attack houses of opposition party workers if TMC supporters were threatened. The TMC Birbhum district president was sitting on the second row on...
  • Kejriwal goes on padyatra to reach out to old Delhi October 26, 2013

    To connect with voters in old Delhi, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, on Friday, took out a padyatra as part of his party's door-to-door campaign in Matia Mahal, Ballimaran and Chandi Chowk Assembly constituencies. Kejriwal, along with AAP candidates for Matia Mahal - Shakeel Anjum, Ballimaran - Farhana Anjum and Chandni Chowk...
  • One killed after gas tanker explodes on Agra-Delhi National Highway October 18, 2013

    The driver of a liquefied gas tanker was killed when it exploded in Mathura on Thursday morning, leading to traffic snarls on the Agra-Delhi National Highway till late Thursday evening. The explosion caused large-scale damage in the 100-metre radius from where the blast took place. Some cows were burnt in a nearby...
  • Complaint against Miss Universe Olivia Culpo for footwear shoot at Taj Mahal October 10, 2013

    The local ASI authorities are looking into a complaint that the party accompanying Miss Universe Olivia Culpo during her visit to Taj Mahal allegedly violated rules at the historic monument by advertising a brand of footwear during a photo session. Culpo was accompanied by fashion designer Sanjana Jon and others to...
  • Pakistan: India-born Mamnoon Hussain to be sworn in as President on Sept 9 September 7, 2013

    Mamnoon Hussain, who will be sworn in on Monday as Pakistan's 12th president, is a well-respected but low-profile businessman who was born in India and led a successful career in textiles. A staunch loyalist of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but with no power base of his own, Hussain's time in office...
  • Snapshot: Who's this guy with Mallika Sherawat at Taj Mahal? September 6, 2013

    Agra: Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat, who was here Thursday to shoot a promotional trailer of TV reality show 'The Bachelorette India - Mere Khayalon Ki Mallika', says the Taj Mahal is the most beautiful creation. Mallika, dressed in a dark green sari with a red border, was appreciated by Vijay Rijhata...