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Taj Mahal world’s fifth travel hotspots: Lonely Planet

India’s historic Mughal mausoleum Taj Mahal has ranked fifth position in the prestigious list of most attractive travel hotspot in the world.

It was revealed in the recently released Ultimate Travelist of Lonely Planet which has described the monument as a magnificent Mughal masterpiece.

Top Four travel hotspot in the world

  • The Temples of Angkor: It was placed at first position in the list. These temples are UNESCO World Heritage site located in northern Cambodia. It has more than 1,000 temples, shrines and tombs which attracts more than 2 million tourists annually.
  • The Great Barrier Reef: A UNESCO World Heritage located in Australia is placed at number two position.
  • Inca city of Machu Picchu: It was placed at third position. It is also UNESCO World Heritage site, located in Peru.
  • Great Wall of China: It was placed at fourth position in the list. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, located in China.

Ultimate Travelist of Lonely Planet was compiled based on ideas and voting of travel writers and its staff on their favourites sights which had inspired, enthused and excited them the most.

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Taj Mahal becomes first monument in world to have Twitter account

The iconic Mughal monument Taj Mahal became the first historical monuments in the world to have a Twitter account of its own.

The monument’s official Twitter handle @TajMahal was launched by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on eve of 69th Independence Day in Lucknow.

About Taj Mahal

  • Taj Mahal is a 17th century white marble mausoleum located on the southern bank of Yamuna River in the present city of Agra.
  • Then Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658) had commissioned the monument in 1632 to house the tomb of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
  • It is based on Mughal architectural style and was constructed under guidance of chief architect Ustad Ahmad Lahauri.
  • In 1983, UNESCO had accorded World Heritage Site status on it. It is one of the world’s most celebrated structures and a symbol of India’s rich history.
  • Presently it plays important role in India’s tourism industry and attracts around 3 million visitors every year.

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