Taj Mahal in Agra is among
the seven wonders of the world
Taj city marks Akbar's birthday with nostalgia:
Wishing Mughal emperor Akbar happy birthday Thursday, a clutch of
local conservationists got together here to recall his contribution
to the enrichment of Hindustani culture and his secular concepts.
They said Agra would have been a different place had he been alive. .....
For several decades, Agra has been
to iconic heritage sites which are India's ''crowning glory'' for
their historic appeal and breathtaking splendour.
of Agra, the city that houses the
Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort, however, seems to be fading with a
latest survey placing it as third among the great places in India.
by the 'Traveller' magazine of world's greatest places puts the city
on the third position, after Rajasthan and Kerala backwaters.
In a list
of 133 of "world's greatest places", listed by the survey in the
December issue of the magazine, Rajasthan is on the 19th position
with a score of 64 while Kerala backwaters is 23rd with a score of
60 and Agra city lies at the 30th position with a score of 52.
indication that environmental degradation could be one of the
reasons for the fall in the city's ratings, the magazine said,
the home to three iconic world
sites, is in dire need of environmental planning. Though things
are getting better for these
mainly through the efforts of local heritage protection activists,
the town lies in utter neglect,'' it added.
about Rajasthan, the survey said improved tourist facilities in the
area, coupled with the "strong sense of identity" and "remarkable
appeal and mystique" had fuelled an 8-point jump from a survey five
Kerala backwaters, which was put at number 23, the magazine said,
''The lakes, rivers and canals in this Southern Indian state, which
visitors ply aboard houseboats, presents a unique travel and
by the National Geographic Society's centre for sustainable
destinations, the survey revisits some of the iconic destinations
the survey first revisited in 2003 and rated in April 2004.
conditions of any destination has been rated on the basis of what
residents and business can control -- pollution, cultural quality
and authenticity, tourism management -- and what they cannot, such
as natural disasters and global economic meltdowns.