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3 monuments in Agra to remain lit for a week to mark India’s presidency of G-20

With India taking over the mantle of the G-20 presidency from December 1, about 100 centrally protected historical monuments of India will be illuminated at night for a week, out of which three monuments will be from Agra. 

Agra,UPDATED: Dec 2, 2022 04:28 IST

The Agra Fort will remain illuminated for a week. (Photo: Siraj Qureshi)

By Siraj Qureshi: With India taking over the mantle of the G-20 presidency from December 1, about 100 centrally protected historical monuments of India will be illuminated at night for a week, out of which three monuments will be from Agra.

However, one of the seven wonders of the world and one of the finest tourist spots attracting travelers from across the globe, the Taj Mahal, is not one of them.

Talking to India Today, an official from the Archaeological Survey of India said the Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, and Sikandra will be lit up at night for a week. The Taj Mahal will not be lit up as artificial light has been found to be damaging the white marble surface of the monument. Instead, the G-20 logo will be displayed at the Taj Mahal and other Agra monuments to make tourists aware of the G-20 presidency awarded to India.

The official said the ASI had received instructions from the Union Ministry of Culture regarding the one-week event and the logo was displayed at several monuments across the country on Thursday.

Overall, 50 cities of the country, including Agra, will be hosting some cultural summits of G-20, although the dates have not been finalized yet.

Secretary of Agra Tourist Welfare Chamber Vishal Sharma said displaying the G-20 logo on the monuments in Agra was a proud moment for the city. “Already famous for the Taj Mahal and other Mughal monuments, the city will also attract the attention of international media by hosting the cultural summits of G-20. This will help bring more tourists to the city and spur revenue-making opportunities,” said Sharma.

Amir Qureshi, who is connected to the tourism industry, said that a selfie competition will also be organized on Agra monuments this year to make the younger generations understand the history of Agra. “It is due to the untiring efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that India got the G-20 presidency, which will be a great boost to the country’s image globally,” said Qureshi.

India assumed the presidency of G-20 at a time when the world is facing a host of challenges ranging from an accelerating climate crisis, food and energy crisis to the Ukraine-Russia war and other geopolitical problems.




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