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UP Government Sets Aside 'Taj Mahal', Excludes From Tourism Booklet

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| October 2 , 2017 , 21:16 IST

One of the seven wonders of the world, Taj Mahal is apparently not important enough to make it into the Uttar Pradesh's new catalogue of tourist destinations, which was released to mark the six months of Yogi government in the state.

On the completion of this half-year anniversary, the UP government released a new booklet of most important destinations in the state. The booklet catalogues the most important tourist destinations in the state. It even includes the Gorakhpur temple, to which the Chief Minister is the main priest of.

However, the booklet released by Tourism Minister Rita Bahuguna, excluded the most famous white marble stunner in all of history.

After the incident came to light, UP minister Sidharth Nath Singh came forward to defend the government saying, "There has been some miscommunication which has undermined the Taj Mahal."

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Expressing that the UP government recognises the importance of the historic monument, he said, "We are even thinking of constructing an international airport at Agra for the convenience of passengers."

UP Tourism Department official Avanish Awasthi said, "Tourism department also said, "The booklet was released only for the purposes of a press conference and is not a guide to UP's tourism spots. It mentions new and upcoming projects of the UP tourism department, and new focus areas. There are many ongoing projects of the UP tourism at the Taj Mahal - a parking project, a Taj Agra fort linkage project and a development project, among others."

The incident has also highlighted the earlier incident where Yogi Adityanath had said the Mughal built Taj Mahal does not reflect Indian culture.