Taj Mahal: News

Taj Mahal turning green due to insect droppings

The iconic Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, is facing a peculiar issue as its stunning white exterior is turning green due to droppings from an insect called Goeldichironomus.

19 Jul 2023


First time in 45 years: Floodwater submerges Taj Mahal garden

Severe floods are currently ravaging northern India, causing havoc in the region.

10 Aug 2022

Narendra Modi

Independence Day 2022: Taj Mahal won't be illuminated with tricolor

In order to mark the country's 75 years of independence, the Government of India is celebrating Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

25 Jun 2022

Yogi Adityanath

SP leader draws flak for calling Manipur activist 'foreign tourist'

Licypriya Kangujam, an 11-year-old environmental activist from Manipur, has condemned a tweet by a Samajwadi Party politician that referred to her as a "foreign tourist."

14 May 2022


Mughal descendant, historians refute BJP MP's Taj Mahal land claim

Prince Yakub Habeebuddin Tucy, who proclaims himself as a descendant of the Mughals, refuted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Diya Kumari's claim of Taj Mahal's land.

12 May 2022

Allahabad High Court

Allahabad HC junks plea to open rooms of Taj Mahal

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday dismissed a plea seeking to open the doors of 22 sealed rooms of the Taj Mahal to see "the truth, whatever it is."

19 Feb 2022


5 most popular tourist attractions in India

From north to south and east to west, there is so much that India offers to tourists.

07 Feb 2022


Exploring the New Seven Wonders of the World

The New Seven Wonders of the World was a campaign launched in 2000 to select seven wonders from 200 existing monuments.

20 Aug 2021


Taj Mahal to reopen for night viewing from Saturday

After remaining closed for over a year for night viewing, the Taj Mahal in Agra will open from August 21 for visitors who want to explore the marble monument under the moonlight, the officials said on Friday.

16 Jun 2021


Tourists delighted as Taj Mahal reopens after two months

A 40-year-old woman from Brazil was one of the early tourists to step inside the Taj Mahal premises as the monument reopened on Wednesday after being closed for around two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

04 Mar 2021


Man detained for Taj Mahal hoax bomb threat call: Police

A man has been detained in Uttar Pradesh's Firozabad on Thursday for allegedly making a hoax call to the police earlier in the day, claiming that a bomb had been planted inside the iconic Taj Mahal in the city of Agra, reports say.

04 Mar 2021


Taj Mahal briefly shut after hoax bomb threat call

The iconic Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh's Agra was briefly shut and all tourists were immediately evacuated after the UP Police received a bomb threat call this morning.

21 Sep 2020

Uttar Pradesh

Taj Mahal re-opens after months. No couple poses, allowed

Taj Mahal, the Mughal monument that has hosted renowned personalities, re-opened today, six months after coronavirus-linked curbs made it off-limits to visitors.

20 Feb 2020

Donald Trump

Agra gets makeover before Trump's visit, water released into Yamuna

Uttar Pradesh's Agra boasts of the Taj Mahal but it also is one of the dirtiest tourist destinations around the world.

12 Feb 2020


Valentine's Day: Truly madly still exists. These people prove it

We live in the age of fast-track love and harmonious break-ups, a time when the mention of happily-ever-afters and forevers get smirks and eyerolls.

08 Feb 2020


Netflix drops official trailer of new series 'Taj Mahal 1989'

Netflix has dropped the official trailer of Taj Mahal 1989, its next Indian original series.

05 Nov 2019


Air purifier installed near Taj Mahal as pollution worsens

While a severe pollution grips northern India, an air purifier van has been deployed at the gates of the Taj Mahal in Agra, in a bid to provide relief to tourists visiting the Mughal-era monument.

12 Jun 2019


Want to spend more than three-hours at Taj? Pay fine

If you are planning to head to Taj Mahal in near future, here's something you should know.

28 Jan 2019


After Hindu girl comment, Anantkumar Hegde targets rival's Muslim wife

Union minister Anantkumar Hegde, who has grabbed the limelight time and again for his wild statements, has hit a new low.

10 Dec 2018


Visiting Taj's main mausoleum? Shell out Rs. 200 more

Those wanting to see the main mausoleum of the Taj Mahal will need to buy an additional ticket of Rs. 200 from today.

10 Nov 2018

Uttar Pradesh

UP: Postmaster who built 'mini Taj Mahal' for wife, killed

An 83-year-old man, who had made the news and had become a sensation for constructing a 'mini Taj Mahal' in memory of his deceased wife, died of a road accident in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr late on Thursday night.

07 Nov 2018

South Korea

Korean First Lady wearing saree for Diwali delights Ayodhya people

Draped in an elegant saree, South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook soaked in Diwali festivities in Ayodhya much to the delight of the people of the pilgrim town.

SC extends deadline to submit document on Taj Mahal protection

The Supreme Court has extended time, till November 15, for Uttar Pradesh Government to submit a vision document on protecting the Taj Mahal from pollution.

23 Aug 2018


#TravelBytes: Top 5 places in India for history buffs

The Indian soil has witnessed countless dynasties come and go, innumerable wars, and many rulers- thus resulting in a plethora of historically and culturally significant townships, featuring historic ruins, monuments, temples, and more.

22 Aug 2018


India among 'top 10' destinations for Chinese tourists in Asia

India ranks among the top 10 popular destinations for Chinese travelers in Asia, especially for social media-influenced millennials, according to a report.

13 Aug 2018


SBI bags the title of 'India's most patriotic brand': Survey

India's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) is considered to be the country's most patriotic brand, according to a survey.

10 Aug 2018


Missed IKEA's opening in Hyderabad? Walk through with us

India got its first IKEA store in Hyderabad yesterday. It was a hit: thousands lined up to check out the world-famous chain on Day-1 itself, creating a stampede-like situation.

21 Jul 2018


#TravelBytes: 5 best weekend getaways for Delhiites

Nothing feels better than a weekend after a hard week of work.

Close Taj Mahal, demolish or restore it: SC lashes out

The SC has lashed out at the Centre and the UP government for their "lethargy" in protecting the Taj Mahal, which has now become a "hopeless cause."

11 Jul 2018


Supreme Court criticizes Center for 'lethargy' in protecting Taj Mahal

The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Center for its "lethargy" in taking steps to protect the Taj Mahal, dubbing the issue of preserving the historic medieval structure a "hopeless cause".

Non-local Muslims can't offer Friday prayers at Taj Mahal: SC

Taking another step towards preservation of the Taj Mahal, the SC has upheld a January notification that barred non-locals from offering Friday prayers at the mosque in the complex.

CIA terms VHP, Bajrang Dal as 'religious militant outfits'

The United States' Central Investigation Agency (CIA) has termed Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) as 'religious militant outfits' in its World Factbook.

Saying Taj Mahal's gate obstructs temple's entrance, VHP-activists create ruckus

Alleging a gate at the West entrance of Taj Mahal obstructed the entrance to a '400-year-old' Siddheshwar Mahadev temple, activists of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) created ruckus at the monument, and scared some foreign tourists too, on Sunday.

08 Jun 2018

Solar Energy

Agra students build solar car to protect Taj from pollution

Students of ACE college of engineering and management in Agra have developed a four-seater solar car named "Negen" to protect the Taj Mahal from rising air pollution in the city.

Is Taj Mahal turning brown? Scientific study to find out

The color of Taj Mahal from yellow to supposed brown has troubled environmentalists; hence, a scientific study will find the exact hue of the monument.

SC expresses concern over change in color of Taj Mahal

The Supreme Court today expressed concern over the change of color of the iconic Taj Mahal at Agra and said the monument had become yellowish earlier and was now turning brownish and greenish.

Water shortage hits Agra as Yamuna goes totally dry

With the Yamuna totally dry and a fast depleting water table, the citizens of Agra are facing an acute water shortage.

26 Apr 2018

Uttar Pradesh

Non-NDA states allege political bias in iconic tourism sites shortlist

Multiple non-NDA states have alleged that the Central government's shortlist of 17 tourism destinations to be developed into "iconic tourism sites" reeks of political bias.

12 Apr 2018


Pillar of Taj Mahal's entry gate collapses amid heavy rains

A pillar at the entry gate to the Taj Mahal in Agra collapsed just past midnight yesterday amid heavy thunderstorms.

Wakf-Board claims Taj Mahal. Show Shah Jahan's signature, says SC

The Wakf Board, which is embroiled in a battle over the disputed Ayodhya land, is also in the middle of an ownership fight for another object of interest: the Taj Mahal.

28 Mar 2018


From April 1, Taj Mahal's ticket will have 3-hours validity

In order to manage the number of visitors to the iconic Taj Mahal, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), has decided to put a cap on the time tourists can spend there.

15 Mar 2018


Egypt: Photography exhibition on India held, 60 photographs showcased

Egypt has organized a photo exhibition that showcased 60 photographs taken from different parts of India by Egyptian photographer Khaled Gawdat.

23 Feb 2018


Karnataka man makes 'Temple of love' for his deceased wife

"Our love was divine," says Karnataka-based farmer, Rajuswamy, speaking of his deceased wife Rajamma. Divine indeed and so he has built a temple, as she had desired.

14 Feb 2018


Visit to Taj Mahal to cost more but last shorter

Starting April, tickets for entry to the Taj Mahal's premises will cost Rs. 10 more, while entry to the main mausoleum, which contains Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal's graves, will no longer be free.

14 Feb 2018


Valentine's Day: Truly madly still exists. These people prove it

We live in the age of Tinder, one-night stands and harmonious break-ups, a time when the mention of happily-ever-afters and forevers get smirks and eyerolls.

12 Feb 2018


Flying drones near Taj Mahal can land you in prison

Flying of drones is prohibited in and around the Taj Mahal due to "security reasons." Despite that, they were glimpsed nearly 20 times in the area last year.

17 Jan 2018


India's foreign tourist arrivals touch new high at 1cr mark

2017 was a stupendous year for the Indian tourism industry. Foreign tourist arrivals touched a new high and crossed the 1cr mark, an increase of 15.2% over the previous year.

03 Jan 2018


40,000 visitor-cap at Taj Mahal proposed, but will it help?

Environmental pollution around the Taj Mahal has taken a toll on the monument. Protective measures haven't borne fruit.

15 Dec 2017

Yogi Adityanath

Taj Mahal controversy continues: Now "Shiv Aarti" performed there

The Taj Mahal controversy continues unabated. Now, Taj witnessed high drama after two men decided to perform Shiv aarti inside the monument. A video of this incident also surfaced.

07 Dec 2017


BJP's Vinay Katiyar: Delhi's Jama Masjid was "Jamuna Devi Temple"

BJP MP, Vinay Katiyar is known to stoke controversies. After claiming that Taj Mahal was built by breaking down a Shiva Temple, the Bajrang Dal chief has now declared that Delhi's Jama Masjid was earlier known as "Jamuna Devi Temple."

'No parking lot near Taj Mahal': Unbelievable damage to monument

The SC has lashed out at UP and refused again to let it construct a multi-level parking lot near the Taj Mahal.

26 Oct 2017

Yogi Adityanath

CM Adityanath visits Taj Mahal, launches major cleanliness drive

Amid recent controversial statements made by the BJP party-men about Taj Mahal, UP CM Yogi Adityanath is finally visiting the 17th century mausoleum. Yogi, on his first visit to Taj since becoming CM, has allocated Rs. 370cr for developmental projects related to the Taj.

20 Oct 2017

Subramanian Swamy

Swamy claims he can prove Shah Jahan stole Taj Mahal

Amid controversy on the UP government's lackadaisical attitude towards the Taj Mahal, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has now said he has documents to prove the mausoleum was stolen by Shah Jahan.

18 Oct 2017

Yogi Adityanath

Ayodhya will celebrate BJP's return to power after 15-year vanvaas!

This Diwali, Ayodhya will celebrate BJP's return to power after about 15 years with a grand celebration, giving it a poetic twist by comparing it to Prince Ram's return to Ayodhya from "vanvaas."

17 Oct 2017

Yogi Adityanath

UP govt does damage control, Yogi to visit Taj Mahal

After BJP MLA Sangeet Som created controversy by saying the Taj Mahal was built by 'traitors', UP CM Yogi Adityanath announced he will visit the monument on October 25.

16 Oct 2017


Taj was built by traitors, we'll change history: BJP MLA

The controversy over the UP government's attitude towards the Taj Mahal refuses to die down. Now BJP MLA Sangeet Som has said it was built by 'traitors'.

10 Oct 2017


UP Minister: Taj Mahal rightly kept off UP tourism booklet

After the UP government was criticized for keeping one of the seven wonders of the modern world, Taj Mahal, out of its tourism booklet, UP minister of religious affairs and culture Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary raked up another controversy when he said that the monument was "rightly kept out and should instead be replaced with the Guru Gorakhnath peeth."

13 Sep 2017


This adultery site already has 1.9 lakh registered users!

While India is a prime market for dating apps like Tinder and TrulyMadly, one would assume the desire for affairs is limited to teenagers and youths in a country that views marriage as a sacred institution.

07 Sep 2017


Delhi: Centre asks PSUs, corporate sector to adopt monuments

World Heritage Sites in India, including Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Ajanta and Ellora Caves, could soon get a major revamp with world-class facilities.

04 Sep 2017


Real life criminals who inspired Bollywood cinema time and again

Often filmmakers take inspirations from colorful personalities in real life to weave magic on the silver screen.

12 Jul 2017

Yogi Adityanath

UP budget leaves out Taj Mahal from 'cultural heritage' plans

The UP government has come under fire from academicians after it failed to include the Taj Mahal in its budgetary plans for the state's cultural heritage.

11 Feb 2017


Bengaluru might gift India its first indigenous jet engine

India's first jet engine, developed by a team of 11 from Poeir Jets Private Limited, was fired on February 8. It will be submitted for certification in about 24 weeks.