The Taj Mahal appears set to figure among the new Seven Wonders of the World, with votes polled across the world so far placing it among the top seven candidates for the title.
People from around the world are voting to choose the new Seven Wonders of the World, and the Taj is ranked among the top seven of 21 monuments on the basis of votes cast as of January 31.
The 17th century monument of love built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan does not need a certificate of popularity, but it made it to the grand finale of the multimedia competition to choose the new seven wonders.
The competition started with 77 monuments in the fray, and this was brought down to 21 in the final phase of the New7Wonders campaign.
According to New7wonders.Com, the website of the organisers of the campaign, the Taj is among the top seven monuments, and the other would-be new wonders including the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Petra, the Pyramids of Giza and the statues of Eastern Island.
As part of a world tour by the organisers to popularise the voting campaign, a hi-tech New7Wonders airship had soared over the marvel in white marble on December five, 2006.
The world tour started at the Acropolis as a tribute to the ancient Greek origin of the wonders of the world concept.
The new wonders of the world will be announced at an official declaration ceremony at Lisbon in Portugal on July 7.