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  • Insect poop threatens to damage marble at India's Taj Mahal

    LUCKNOW: Its gleaming white marble walls have for years been yellowed by India's air pollution and now the Taj Mahal faces a fresh threat — from green insect excrement...

    Workers scrub the walls clean every day, but the regular scrubbing can damage the floral mosaics and shiny marble surface, said Bhuvan Vikram of the Archaeological Survey of India...

  • Prince William and Kate end India trip with historic Taj Mahal visit

    AGRA: Prince William and his wife Kate arrived at the Taj Mahal Saturday, wrapping up their week-long trip to India and Bhutan with a visit that carries poignant echoes for Britain's royal family...

    The Taj Mahal was cleared of tourists minutes before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived, after flying in earlier to Agra, its streets decked out in fairy lights and flowers to welcome the high-profile visitors...

  • India court orders shift of crematorium to protect Taj Mahal

    NEW DELHI: India's Supreme Court has ordered the government of Uttar Pradesh state to shift a crematorium located near the Taj Mahal to protect the iconic monument from being affected by smoke...

    The Taj Mahal was built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died while giving birth...

  • India beefs up security at Taj Mahal after IS threat

    India has boosted security at the Taj Mahal after a pro-Islamic State group reportedly warned of attacks in the country and threatened the 17th century monument to love, police said Friday...

    Images published in local media showed a fighter in combat fatigues and black headgear at the Taj Mahal, India's biggest tourist attraction, and the words “new target” as the backdrop...

  • India’s top court slams govt over Taj Mahal decay

    NEW DELHI: India’s top court on Tuesday sharply criticised the government for failing to protect the Taj Mahal, the centuries-old monument to love which has been changing colour because of pollution...

    The brilliant marble of the Taj Mahal — a Unesco world heritage site — has acquired a yellow tinge over the years...

  • Taj Mahal Muslim tomb, not ancient Hindu temple says Indian court

    An Indian court officially rejected claims that the Taj Mahal is a Hindu temple while hearing an appeal to let Hindus pray in the historic monument's premises, The Guardian reported on Wednesday...

    Only Muslims are allowed to pray in Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built by Shah Jahan over one of his wives’ final resting places...

  • Taj Mahal struck off tourism list by Uttar Pradesh govt

    NEW DELHI: The rightwing Hindu government in Uttar Pradesh has removed the Taj Mahal from its official list of tourist destinations for which the state is famous, reports said on Monday...

    A new booklet released by the state government to mark six months of the Bharatiya Janata Party winning charge of India’s most-populous state has deleted any mention of the white marble stunner, reports said...

  • If Taj Mahal is built by traitors, so is Red Fort, politician tells Modi

    NEW DELHI: In a stinging response to recent remarks questioning the Taj Mahal’s place in history by India’s ruling party legislator, a leading politician on Monday asked if Prime Minister Narendra Modi would stop hosting foreign dignitaries at the state capital’s iconic Hyderabad House, because that, too, was built by “traitors”...

    Earlier, the rightwing Hindu government in Uttar Pradesh removed the Taj Mahal from its official list of...

  • Taj Mahal is safe, claims UP chief minister

    NEW DELHI: The fabled Taj Mahal got a commitment of protection on Tuesday from the Hindu extremist chief minister of Uttar Pradesh who had led a chorus of hate speech against the Muslim ruler who built it in the 17th century...

    The state government’s tourism brochures had removed the Taj Mahal as a popular place to visit after Adityanath said the monument represented a foreign culture...

  • Thwarted Indian couple in Taj Mahal 'suicide pact'

    AGRA: An Indian couple forbidden to marry because of their different backgrounds are in hospital after slitting their own throats in an apparent suicide pact at India's famed monument to love, the Taj Mahal...

    Police said the pair ? named in the Times of India as Rajveer Singh and Shabnam Ali ? were stable after they were discovered in a pool of blood in the grounds of the Taj Mahal on Wednesday afternoon...

  • Following in Diana’s footsteps, British royals visit Taj Mahal

    AGRA: The Duke and Duc­hess of Cambridge invoked nostalgia on Saturday as they sat and smiled for photos on the same marble bench in front of the Taj Mahal where Prince Will­iam’s late mother, Princess Diana, had posed alone for a memorable 1992 photo...

    Winding down their week-long royal tour of India and Bhutan, William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, were briefed by a guide as they entered the compound that houses the...

  • Taj Mahal to go under scaffold for ‘mud pack’

    AGRA: Scaffolding will cover the Taj Mahal’s main dome next year while a “mud pack” is applied to its yellowing marble, authorities said on Thursday as they battle the effects of smog on the country’s top tourist attraction...

    “This is a part of the cleaning process through mud-pack therapy and is presently being undertaken at the eastern wall of main mausoleum of Taj,” said Bhuvan Vikram of the Archaelogical Survey of India (ASI), a...

  • Trump’s Taj Mahal casino closed

    ATLANTIC CITY: Donald Trump built the Taj Mahal casino and once called it “the eighth wonder of the world...

    Just before 6am on Monday, the Taj Mahal shuttered its doors amid a strike by union members that lasted over 100 days...

  • No end to eyesores at Taj Mahal as repair work drags on

    Tourist Muskan Mahuwakar pictured the Taj Mahal as a dazzling vision of symmetry and beauty but upon reaching the monument, she ? like thousands of other visitors ? was disappointed to find it covered in scaffolding, its once white marble now yellowing due to pollution...

    Building restoration at India's most popular tourist attraction is now into its fourth year, with work yet to even begin on its imposing dome...

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