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Taj Mahal to reopen for night viewing from today. Check slot timings here

Tourists visiting the Taj Mahal for night viewing will be allowed to enter in batches of 50 people per slot, as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court. The tickets can be booked one day in advance.
The Taj Mahal was designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1983 for being "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage". (Photo via Creative Commons license)
The Taj Mahal was designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1983 for being "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage". (Photo via Creative Commons license)
Updated on Aug 21, 2021 09:08 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Sara Ali Khan’s attempt at rhyming gives Akshay Kumar a headache as they shoot for Atrangi Re, watch video

The team of Atrangi Re, including Akshay Kumar, Sara Ali Khan and director Aanand L Rai, were seen at Agra’s historic Taj Mahal to shoot for the film. Watch their pics and videos here.
Akshay Kumar and Sara Ali Khan at Taj Mahal, Agra.
Akshay Kumar and Sara Ali Khan at Taj Mahal, Agra.
Updated on Dec 22, 2020 08:11 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk

CelebsPick: 5 near-forgotten heroes whose stories need a fresh retelling

In the age of biographies, five storytellers pick one personality they’d want to celebrate
Updated on Nov 23, 2019 08:22 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Veenu Singh

HT Picks: The most interesting books of the week

This week’s reading list includes a volume on old Delhi, another on Nepal, and a how-to book on throwing the perfect party
Old Delhi, Nepal, and perfect parties on HT picks!(HT Team)
Old Delhi, Nepal, and perfect parties on HT picks!(HT Team)
Updated on Nov 01, 2019 07:57 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By HT Team

Central vista revamp plan will not affect Delhi’s bid for World Heritage City tag: Tourism dept

The central government on Thursday announced its decision to revamp large parts of Lutyens’ Delhi, which includes revamping or building a new Parliament House by 2022 and razing a number of buildings to construct an integrated complex to house all government departments and ministries.
Since 2015, Lutyens’ Delhi has undergone several changes and with the recent decision to revamp the central vista, more are expected to come about in the next couple of years.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Since 2015, Lutyens’ Delhi has undergone several changes and with the recent decision to revamp the central vista, more are expected to come about in the next couple of years.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 13, 2019 09:38 PM IST
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New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

L-G tells stakeholders to finish redevelopment of Sheesh Mahal park by Dec 2020

Sheesh Mahal is a 17th-century palace that was commissioned by Shah Jahan’s wife, Akbarabadi Begum. The surrounding garden consisted of fruit orchards and was one of the favourite spots of emperor Shah Jahan.
Baijal directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to carry out harmonised greening of the area, development of water bodies and restoration of the heritage structure.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Baijal directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to carry out harmonised greening of the area, development of water bodies and restoration of the heritage structure.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 29, 2019 04:04 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Chandni Chowk facades to get a new lease of life

The ongoing Shahjahanabad redevelopment project is scheduled to be completed by March next year, and the restoration of the building facades is also expected to be completed by then.
The Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation (SRDC) on Wednesday said it will soon restore the facades on the heritage buildings that line up both sides of the iconic Mughal era market of Chandni Chowk.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
The Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation (SRDC) on Wednesday said it will soon restore the facades on the heritage buildings that line up both sides of the iconic Mughal era market of Chandni Chowk.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 10, 2019 10:55 AM IST
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New Delhi | By Adrija Roychowdhury

Rare manuscripts to be displayed in Patna library

Some of the manuscripts that will be put on display include: Diwan-e- Hafiz, a collection of Persian poems by the 14th century Iranian poet Hafiz that carry the signatures of Mughal emperors Humayun and Shah Jahan
The Khuda Bakhsh Library in Patna.(HT Photo)
The Khuda Bakhsh Library in Patna.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 03, 2019 12:41 AM IST
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Patna | By Reena

Arjun Kapoor’s hilarious comment on uncle Anil Kapoor’s ‘some good looking pictures’ has internet in splits

Anil Kapoor posted new pictures of himself, looking fit as ever and with a flattering comment on himself and got trolled by nephew Arjun Kapoor. See the pictures here.
Anil Kapoor is among the fittest actors in Bollywood and these pics are proof of the fact.(Instagram)
Anil Kapoor is among the fittest actors in Bollywood and these pics are proof of the fact.(Instagram)
Updated on Jul 25, 2019 02:11 PM IST
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By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times

Restoring Red Fort’s glory brick by brick

Over 350 years after Mughal emperor Shah Jahan laid the foundation stone for the monument, there had been many additions to the 250-acre fort complex, including barracks and other post-Independence buildings.
Today, close to 400 post-Independence structures have been demolished, and the elegance of Mughal-era structures restored after due scientific treatment.(HT Photo)
Today, close to 400 post-Independence structures have been demolished, and the elegance of Mughal-era structures restored after due scientific treatment.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 25, 2019 07:26 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Adrija Roychowdhury

179-year-old Kaaba cover, Prophet’s feet impression on display for Eid in Gorakhpur

The sacred item is in black velvet cover with golden silk thread with the feet impression of the Prophet on a black stone slab.
The sacred items are displayed in the mosque on the occasion of Eid and Eid-ul-Azha.(Rahul Raut/HT Photo/Representative Image)
The sacred items are displayed in the mosque on the occasion of Eid and Eid-ul-Azha.(Rahul Raut/HT Photo/Representative Image)
Updated on Jun 05, 2019 12:25 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gorakhpur | By HT Correspondent

Shah Jahan’s jade hilted dagger and royal jewels up for auction in New York

The auction for a valuable group of jewels, gemstones and decorative objects will showcase the illustrious culture of Indian jewelled arts from the Mughal period to the age of the Maharajas.
The dagger is estimated to fetch between $1,500,000 and $2,500,000.(@CHRISTIE’S)
The dagger is estimated to fetch between $1,500,000 and $2,500,000.(@CHRISTIE’S)
Updated on May 29, 2019 04:18 PM IST
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New York | By Indo Asian News Service

Karan Johar reveals new details about Takht, teases Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal’s characters

Karan Johar has revealed new details about his upcoming period epic, Takht, calling it his most ambitious film. Takht features an ensemble cast that includes Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor and Vicky Kaushal, among others.
Filmmaker Karan Johar at the wedding ceremony of industrialist Mukesh Ambani's daughter Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal at Antilia in Mumbai.(IANS)
Filmmaker Karan Johar at the wedding ceremony of industrialist Mukesh Ambani's daughter Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal at Antilia in Mumbai.(IANS)
Updated on Dec 25, 2018 07:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi

Taj Mahal ticket price hiked fivefold for Indian nationals

An all-inclusive ticket for Indian citizens including entry into the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, was raised from 50 rupees ($0.70) to 250 rupees.
Indians make up the majority of the Taj Mahal’s 10,000-15,000 average daily visitors.(Photo by Julian Yu on Unsplash)
Indians make up the majority of the Taj Mahal’s 10,000-15,000 average daily visitors.(Photo by Julian Yu on Unsplash)
Updated on Dec 10, 2018 05:41 PM IST
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Agence France-Presse | By Agence France-Presse, New Delhi

Now pay Rs 200 extra to enter Taj Mahal’s main mausoleum

The move will hit domestic tourists the hardest, increasing their overall ticket price by five times (Rs 250), if they wish to see the grave replicas.
In yet another ticket hike at Taj Mahal this year, visitors from Monday will have to pay another Rs 200 to enter the main mausoleum, which houses replicas of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal’s graves.(AFP)
In yet another ticket hike at Taj Mahal this year, visitors from Monday will have to pay another Rs 200 to enter the main mausoleum, which houses replicas of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal’s graves.(AFP)
Published on Dec 09, 2018 11:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Agra | By Hemendra Chaturvedi

A free-flowing Yamuna is critical to the Taj Mahal’s future

Yamuna is an integral part of Taj’s design and there was no anticipation that it would dry or become narrow. But the river has narrowed and it’s polluted. The wooden foundations are likely to become brittle and might disintegrate because, as Venice which is built on a wooden foundation shows, longevity of wood increases when it is submerged in water
FILE PHOTO: GGarbage is seen on the polluted banks of the river Yamuna near the historic Taj Mahal in Agra, May 19(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: GGarbage is seen on the polluted banks of the river Yamuna near the historic Taj Mahal in Agra, May 19(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 06, 2018 12:51 PM IST
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By Kusala Rajendran

Agra is not only about the Taj Mahal, the city has many other architectural marvels

While Shah Jahan’s signature (the Taj Mahal) was an ornament par excellence, it was the Agra fort and its Diwan-i-Khas under whose decorated columns and arches kings and dignitaries decided the course of history.
Buland Darwaza was built after Akbar’s successful conquest of Gujarat.
Buland Darwaza was built after Akbar’s successful conquest of Gujarat.
Published on Nov 16, 2018 06:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Garima Verma

Soon, a space for poetry, music in cradle of history

Bagh-e-Bedil: Wakf Board to turn tomb complex of sufi poet into ‘open cultural centre’.
Once spruced up, the site will be available for artistes, especially the youth, for performances.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Once spruced up, the site will be available for artistes, especially the youth, for performances.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 26, 2018 12:46 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Parvez Sultan

Overhaul for Town Hall — proposal draws mixed reactions from Delhiites

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has proposed a plan to lease out Town Hall to a private hotel chain to help maintain it. We speak to historians and locals to understand how this move would affect them and the place.
Plans to turn the Town Hall into a heritage hotel have been proposed by North Delhi Municipal Corporation.(Photo: Amal KS/HT)
Plans to turn the Town Hall into a heritage hotel have been proposed by North Delhi Municipal Corporation.(Photo: Amal KS/HT)
Updated on Jul 04, 2018 06:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Etti Bali, New Delhi

Pollution, insect excrement turning Taj Mahal yellow and green

The change in colour has not come out of the blue. Environmentalists and historians have long warned about the risk of soot and fumes from factories and tanneries dulling the ivory monument.
Labourers clean the fountain in the historic Taj Mahal premises in Agra, India, May 19, 2018.(REUTERS)
Labourers clean the fountain in the historic Taj Mahal premises in Agra, India, May 19, 2018.(REUTERS)
Published on May 22, 2018 12:47 PM IST
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The troubled Taj: Whose monument is it, anyway?

The UP Sunni Central Waqf Board and the Archaeological Survey of India are locked in a legal battle for rights over the Taj Mahal. But what is a waqf, and should the heritage mausoleum be one?
A view of the Taj Mahal. The heritage site is currently the subject of a legal battle between the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board and the Archaeological Survey of India.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT File Photo)
A view of the Taj Mahal. The heritage site is currently the subject of a legal battle between the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board and the Archaeological Survey of India.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2018 07:55 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Poulomi Banerjee

Everybody’s Taj, no one’s monument

It has been at the centre of politics, various outfits have staked claim to it, but the neglect that the mausoleum has suffered over the years tells a different story.
Everyone has an opinion on the Taj Mahal and its history and no one shies away from expressing it.(HT File Photo)
Everyone has an opinion on the Taj Mahal and its history and no one shies away from expressing it.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 14, 2018 08:47 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow/Agra | By Pankaj Jaiswal and Hemendra Chaturvedi

Supreme Court shows concern over Taj Mahal changing colour

Supreme Court tells Centre and UP to consider hiring experts to restore Taj Mahal
A man clicks a picture of Taj Mahal in Agra on Tuesday.(PTI)
A man clicks a picture of Taj Mahal in Agra on Tuesday.(PTI)
Updated on May 01, 2018 11:38 PM IST
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New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Bhadra Sinha

UP Sunni Wakf Board defends claim to Taj Mahal in apex court

The Board, which was asked earlier by the court to produce documentary evidence to show it owned the Taj Mahal, however, could not provide the same.
In its earlier hearing on April 11, the apex court had asked the Wakf Board to produce an original title document bearing signatures of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to prove its claim over Taj Mahal.(AFP/File Photo)
In its earlier hearing on April 11, the apex court had asked the Wakf Board to produce an original title document bearing signatures of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to prove its claim over Taj Mahal.(AFP/File Photo)
Updated on Apr 17, 2018 11:29 PM IST
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Bhadra Sinha, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Taj Mahal belongs to India, not religious boards: Descendent of Mughal emperor

YH Tucy, wo says he’s the great grandson of Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, also said the Sunni Waqf board was a “land grabber”,
Tourists walk in front of the historic Taj Mahal in Agra.(Reuters File Photo)
Tourists walk in front of the historic Taj Mahal in Agra.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2018 02:42 PM IST
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IANS, Agra | By HT Correspondent

Sunni board says Shah Jahan gave it Taj ownership, SC asks for papers

The board has a week to produce the signatures of the emperor who died in 1666, almost 18 years after the monument he built in the memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, was completed.
File photo of the Taj Mahal in Agra.(AFP photo)
File photo of the Taj Mahal in Agra.(AFP photo)
Updated on Apr 11, 2018 04:19 PM IST
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New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Bhadra Sinha

Parveen Babi birth anniversary: The diva who was undone by mental illness

Parveen Babi would have turned 69 had she been alive. All that she is remembered for today is her sensuous onscreen avatar and her illness. Truth is she was much more than that.
Parveen Babi, alongwith Zeenat Aman, was among the top-billed actresses of the 1970s.(HT Photo)
Parveen Babi, alongwith Zeenat Aman, was among the top-billed actresses of the 1970s.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 04, 2018 01:39 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Nivedita Mishra
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