UP government drops Taj Mahal from tourism booklet

LUCKNOW: Taj Mahal, one of the World's Seven Wonders, has found no mention in a 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.
The embarrassment led the UP government to go defensive with Joshi saying that the Taj Mahal was a part of UP's cultural heritage and a key priority for the state government.
However, a senior UP government official dismissed the allegations that Taj Mahal was deliberately dropped from the booklet.
"This wasn't a compendium of tourist attractions in UP, merely a book highlight the works done by the incumbent government and the projects it plans to take up. The booklet finds mention of projects worth Rs 154 crore in the category of pro-poor tourism, which generate high employment," Avneesh Awasthi,director general UP tourism, told TOI.
Source-Times Of India

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