TAJ MAHAL

  • Mirza Ghalib's Agra forgets him on 218th birthday 11 hours 6 minutes ago

    Agra: Mirza Ghalib, whose contribution to Urdu literature was perhaps as significant as that of Shakespeare to English, was born here on this day over 200 years ago. The Taj city on Saturday not only forgot to celebrate his birthday but also does not have a decent memorial to the...
  • Tourists can now book tickets online for visiting Taj Mahal 16 hours 31 minutes ago

    Agra: The tourists visiting Taj Mahal from Saturday onwards will not have to stand in a queue for entry tickets. Online booking of tickets to the Taj Mahal have begun from Saturday. The tourism department has launched an online ticketing website for this purpose. Arrangements for barcode screening and broadband connection...
  • BJP conspiring to demolish Taj Mahal: Azam Khan Yesterday

    Muzaffarnagar: Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan on Thursday alleged that BJP was conspiring to demolish Taj Mahal the way its workers brought down Babri mosque in Ayodhya. "BJP is making conspiracies to demolish Taj Mahal in the same manner it demolished Babri Masjid. They are playing dangerous games. They are trying...
  • Book passes for Taj Mahal online from Christmas December 13, 2014

    Agra: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is ready to launch its online entrance ticket booking to the Taj Mahal from Christmas day. Tourism personnel in Agra have welcomed the long pending initiative which hoteliers think will curb unauthorised entry, fake ticket selling and other dubious means to gain entry to...
  • Air pollution discolouring Taj Mahal, finds study December 11, 2014

    Washington: A team of researchers from India and the US has found that the browning of the Taj Mahal's iconic marble dome and soaring minarets is due to dust and airborne carbon particles. "Our team was able to show that the pollutants discolouring the Taj Mahal are particulate matter carbon from...
  • War of words intensifies on Taj Mahal, Yogi Adityanath claims it was built on Shiv temple December 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The political war of words over the Taj Mahal have intensified now with Bharatiya Janata Party MP Yogi Adityanath countering claims of it being a Waqf property and saying that it was built on a Shiv temple. Adityanath said, "The Sunnis and Shias have their own theories about Taj...
  • On 26/11 anniversary, PM Modi asserts the need to combat terrorism November 26, 2014

    New Delhi: On the sixth anniversary of the deadly 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asserted the need to combat terrorism. "Today is a day to reaffirm our commitment to work together to combat the menace of terror & uproot it from the face of humankind," he...
  • Centre committed to free Waqf properties of encroachment: Najma November 22, 2014

    Chennai: Centre is committed to free Waqf properties of encroachment and develop them with the help of a "strong legislation", Union Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla said on Saturday. "In the last standing committee meeting (in this regard), all members cutting across political lines supported a strong legislation. As soon as...
  • Centre doing injustice to Muslims by not handing over Taj Mahal: Azam Khan November 21, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan has demanded that the Taj Mahal be handed over to the Waqf Board. The Taj Mahal is currently managed by the Archaeological Survey of India. Azam Khan says the Centre will be doing an injustice to the Muslim community if the Taj is not handed...
  • Taj Mahal proceeds should be given to Waqf Board: Azam Khan November 20, 2014

    Rampur: Uttar Pradesh Minister and senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Thursday suggested that all proceeds of the Taj Mahal should be handed over to the Waqf Board of the state. The entire proceeds collected at the Taj Mahal should be handed over to the Waqf Board of UP, the...
  • Photos: Sania Mirza visits the Taj Mahal after being denied entry for arriving late a day before October 9, 2014

    Tennis star Sania Mirza was disappointed as she arrived late and could not see the Taj Mahal in Agra city. While former cricketer Anil Kumble visited the Taj Mahal on Tuesday evening, Sania Mirza arrived late and failed to get an entry to the 17th century monument. When she arrived, the gates...
  • ONGC signs agreement to conserve Taj Mahal September 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Cash-rich Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) on Wednesday signed an agreement to conserve the iconic Taj Mahal. As a part of its structured CSR initiatives, ONGC signed a tripartite MoU with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Ministry of Tourism to conserve the historical monuments...
  • 50,000 footfalls at Taj Mahal, but no profits for hoteliers August 18, 2014

    A record number of people visited the Taj Mahal on Sunday, with footfalls crossing the 50,000 mark. On Saturday too, over 48,000 tickets were sold, but all this proved meaningless for Agra's hotel industry. The majority of visitors were of course "deshi" who combined tourism with religion, paying a visit to...
  • Owing to lack of tickets, more than 150 city buses off the roads in Agra August 15, 2014

    As the country celebrated another Independence Day, the freedom of movement for ordinary Agra residents has been drastically curtailed. More than 150 city buses are off the roads due to lack of tickets. The ticket printing machines are out of order and the fresh lot of tickets would take four to...
  • 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 mid60s, 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...
  • 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 fivekm...
  • 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 protectedarea 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...
  • 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...