The UP tourism booklet does have all the other major tourist attractions of UP, most of which are religious spots including Ganga Aarti of Varanasi, Gorakhpur's Gorakh Peeth, Mathura-Vrindavan, and Ayodhya.
The Uttar Pradesh government in a press release on Monday said that it has proposed a slew of tourism projects worth Rs 370 crore, around half of which is meant for the Taj Mahal and its surrounding areas. Taj Mahal, a UNESCO world heritage site, is one of the iconic destinations listed under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat mission. In a series of tweets, the Yogi government said that UP tourism has already proposed Rs 156 crore plan for development of the Taj Mahal and areas related to the monument.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World Taj Mahal, failed to find a place in tourism booklet of Yogi Adityanath's government.
NDTV said the brochure was released by Tourism Minister Rita Bahuguna who previously headed the Congress party in Uttar Pradesh. The booklet covers nearly all major tourist destinations in the state except Taj Mahal. "Instead of saying that Yogi Adityanath is creating controversy again, you should correct that the Taj Mahal is already controversial", she added.
Avadh historians and social activists, however, said that Taj Mahal certainly represented India's rich heritage and it deserved to be treated as such.
Adityanath's deputy, Dinesh Sharma had in September said that Mughals "were not our ancestors but looters" and described Shah Jahan as a "barbaric ruler" while endorsing the falsehood that the Mughal Emperor had got hands of the construction workers who built the Taj Mahal amputated.
The UP minister of tourism, Rita Bahuguna Joshi denied that the Taj Mahal was deliberately omitted from the brochure.
You may often have heard that the Taj Mahal in Agra is India's biggest tourist attraction.