One of the seven wonders in the world ‘Taj Mahal’ is most popular tourist destinations in India, visited by a large number of people from all over the world. It is looked after by the Archaelogical Survey of India (ASI), which is responsible for the maintainance of historic sites and monuments in India. Taj Mahal is a centrally protected monument, built in 1648, by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favorite wife of three, Mumtaz Mahal.
It is been visited by thousands of people every day and there has been no decrease in the number of total tourist footfalls in the past two year. According to Dr Mahesh Sharma (Tourism Minister of Govt of India), the number of footfalls of domestic and foreign tourists in 2014 has been recorded 6072501 against 5835342 in 2013. This informatiom was given by the Minister of State for Tourism, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a response to an unstarred question in Lok Sabha.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has not issued any guidelines on the subject pertaining to religious grounds. Mentioned below is a table, which shows the increase of footfalls from the year 2013 to 2014 at Taj Mahal, Agra, India.
|Year||Foreign Tourist Arrival (FTA)||Growth Rate in %|
The actual growth in the final figures of Foreign Tourist Arrivals in India during the last three years is way better than the provisional estimates of FTAs except for the year 2012. Witnessing the rapid growth in FTAs at Taj Mahal, the government has decided to set up a National Tourism Authority or Board to take care of the footfalls every year and give a better growth to the tourism industry of India.
Tour My India News Desk.
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