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“Uttar Pradesh is one of the most favoured states for tourists in India with a consistent ranking amongst the top states in terms of tourist arrivals. Tourism industry in Uttar Pradesh has a significant contribution to state’s economic growth. Contribution of Tourism industry of the state in generating employment both directly and indirectly has been an important aspect for the state for long,” said UPCM Akhilesh Yadav, during the launch of Tourism Policy 2016.

Uttar Pradesh is the fourth largest state in India and the most populous one. It has consistently ranked amongst the top states in terms of tourists and visitors. In 2014 it was ranked 2nd in terms of total tourist arrivals, 2nd in terms of domestic tourist arrivals and 3rd in terms of foreign tourist arrivals amongst Indian states. The Tourism industry in Uttar Pradesh has a significant contribution to the state’s economic growth. The contribution of tourism to employment generation, both direct and indirect, is of immense importance to the state.

Uttar Pradesh is endowed with a varied spectrum of tourism offerings. These range from unique cultural and religious hotspots like Varanasi, Braj, Awadh to one of the wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. But just showcasing the hubs is not enough, hence Akhilesh Yadav initiated the Taj Mahal Beautification Project. Like the name suggests, officials were required to come up with solutions to reduce the effect of pollution on the marble mausoleum.

The process is almost complete now and the hard work of the young CM has paid off. The promise made by Akhilesh Yadav to restore history and culture of the world’s wonder has been fulfilled and on 26th November, 2016 he inaugurated the redeveloped Taj Ganj. This project was one of the core tourism enhancement initiative taken up by Akhilesh Government, amongst others. It consisted of making stone pavements around the building, installing places to sit and rest, newer interactive methods of storytelling, streetscape, and ensuring other basic utilities for visitors like parking, washrooms, bathrooms, etc.

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Enjoy this video and see for yourself the difference in before and after pictures. And get an idea of the upcoming Mughal Museum and Taj Orientation Centre.

Now, taking a trip to Agra is easier than ever before. Thanks to the newly inaugurated Agra-Lucknow Expressway which is 302 Kms. long and reduces the travel time to almost half from all major districts. Such initiatives by Akhilesh Yadav have definitely turned the spotlight on Uttar Pradesh!