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No place for Taj Mahal in UP government brochure

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Lucknow: Although, the Taj Mahal comes under the category of the ‘seven wonders of the world,’ attracting lakhs of tourists each year, but it has failed to feature in Uttar Pradesh’s latest tourism booklet.

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Point to be noted here is that titled Apaar Sambhavnaye or ‘Boundless Possibilities’, the brochure released by the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department displays most of the other cultural and heritage sites in the State, particularly those associated with the Hindu religious tourism.

On an expected note, the brochure has raised eyebrows, especially as it comes a few months after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said the Taj Mahal did not represent Indian culture, but the Ramayana and the Bhagavad Gita did, triggering criticism.

However, Tourism Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi said the State was “committed” to developing the “world-famous” Taj Mahal and tourist spots related to it.

“The development of Taj Mahal and Agra is among the priorities of the Central and State governments,” she said.

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Coming to the brochure, it has a image of the Ganga Aarti in Varanasi on its cover featuring Adityanath.

The brochure depicts the religious and cultural significance of Varanasi and its ghats.

It also presents the Gorakhpeeth in Gorakhpur, of which the Chief Minister himself is the head priest.

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