Tourism in Uttar Pradesh

Currying favour

New Delhi and its satellite city of Gurgaon is one of India's most important destinations for the meetings industry.

Wednesday, 14 September, 2011, 12:00am

Party that's only for the few

Late last year, a super-billionaire moved into the world's first US billion-dollar residence, an oddly shaped 27-storey mix of brick, steel and glass - looking rather like a badly stacked pile of books 173 metres high - that contains a health spa and swimming pool, a ballroom with a single chandelier reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles, a 50-seat cinema, six storeys of car parking plus

26 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Voters urged to keep Taj on list of 7 wonders

'If you have ever been in love, vote for the Taj,' is the message being beamed from TVs, radios and billboards across India.

The reason for the campaign? The country is in danger of seeing its national monument slip out of contention in the huge global poll now under way to decide the new 'seven wonders of the world'.

21 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

The slow road to superpower status

If you want to understand as much as possible about India in a single day, maybe the best thing to do is take the slow bus to Agra. Actually, there are no fast buses, because the road to Agra resembles a war zone in which countless people seem to be fleeing for their life.

4 Jun 2007 - 12:00am


1 Dynastic legacies

5 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Visit the Taj Mahal with Air India

To mark its golden jubilee this year, Air India is offering readers the chance to visit the Taj Mahal in a competition that will appear in the South China Morning Post tomorrow.

26 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Taj Mahal mall plan a sellout, say critics

A symbol of eternal love, the Taj Mahal, could soon have a massive shopping complex looming up behind it, threatening to ruin the backdrop to one of India's most famed tourist attractions.

21 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

A diamond in a dirt heap

THE TOUR GUIDE HAS seen the Taj Mahal 150 times before, from every angle, in every season and every light.

But still, when the poem in white marble comes into sight through the arch of the protective barricades, Vishal Ghai gasps with awe.

So do I. It is a vision of sheer beauty and grace.

1 May 2001 - 12:00am

Powerful elegy for a predator

What makes Of Tigers And Men different from other environmental books is that it is singularly lacking in hope. Here is an eco-book for realists, one which does not deal in political correctness or romantic cant.

19 May 1996 - 12:00am

India's monumental problems

THE Archeological Survey of India, responsible for preserving historical monuments, is fighting a losing battle against the Indian Government in an effort to conserve major Indian monuments.

16 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Rough riders on budget trail

FROM here on,'' said our driver, Amar Singh, pointing to the road sign that announced the state of Rajasthan, ''the road . . . is . . . very . . .'' But just then we lurched violently to one side and into a pothole which illustrated his point before he could finish. ''Bad,'' he said.

29 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Seduced by the charms of India

THE first time I arrived in India I thought I was going to die. The sun, a blood red orb, was setting behind a post-Armageddon skyline. Fires glowed in the gathering dusk while the pungent smell of the city assaulted the senses.

28 Mar 1993 - 12:00am

Hindus stage temple vigil

AYODHYA: Hundreds of Hindus braved biting cold and offered prayers for the second straight day yesterday at a makeshift temple built on the rubble of the razed Babri mosque.

Bad weather has slowed the progress of about 10,000 fundamentalist Bangladeshi Muslims to Ayodhya.

4 Jan 1993 - 12:00am