Buoyed by Humayun's Tomb site museum project, the Centre on Tuesday said it would like to "scale up" and "replicate" this module for other World Heritage sites in the country, starting with the Taj Mahal.
Union minister Ram Shankar Katheria on Saturday said he has urged his cabinet colleague and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma to take steps to popularise lesser known monuments in Agra, which is home to the iconic Taj Mahal.
Tourism and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials in Agra were caught unawares when Union Minister of Tourism Dr Mahesh Sharma paid a surprise visit to the Taj Mahal on Tuesday to review facilities for tourists and the ticketing arrangements.
Undeterred by the swine flue scare, people in Agra are in full celebratory mood ahead of the 10-day annual cultural extravaganza Taj Mahotsav which commences here Wednesday at the Shilpgram complex, barely 500 metres from the Taj Mahal.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said the Taj Mahal was the 'pahchan' (identity) of the country and February 14 was being observed as Taj Day to promote the monument on global platform as a symbol of love and harmony.