India’s historic Taj Mahal becomes first monument in world to have Twitter account

India’s iconic Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, makes its debut on microblogging site Twitter and becomes the first monument in the world to have its own handle.

LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (AUGUST 15, 2015) (ANI) – The iconic Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, made its debut on microblogging site Twitter on Saturday (August 15) and became the first monument in the world to have its own handle.

Taj Mahal is situated in Agra city of India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav launched the official Twitter account of the monument ‘@Taj Mahal’ on the occasion of India’s 69th Independence Day on Saturday.

Yadav was the first to use this service as he shared a picture with his wife Dimple Yadav and son in front of Taj Mahal on the monument’s official account.

An initiative was started to personalise the account with an option of uploading an individual’s photo at the Taj Mahal with the hashtag ‘#MyTajMemory’, which would be included in the main account.

Director General of Uttar Pradesh Tourism, Amrit Abhijat, said the Twitter account will promote awareness about the monument.

“With the use of this official handle of ‘@TajMahal’ if somebody is able to hashtag his Taj memory, then they will be quickly uploaded to our twitter account also. I believe that this will help a lot in promoting awareness about this monument and also sharing their love for the monument and of course their own memories,” said Abhijat.

People in the travel and tourism industry in Agra also applauded the initiative.

“Today, in the time of information technology, the constant connectivity results in increase of turnover. Tourists want to see the current status of the monument. With the help of technology tourists decide within minutes as what is available at the tourist site, what is it that they haven’t seen and what they should see when they visit that place. So, connecting Taj Mahal with twitter will garner good international support and benefit business in Agra,” said General Secretary of Hotel and Restaurant Owners Association of Agra, Avnish Shiromani, on Sunday (August 16).

Within three days, Taj Mahal’s twitter account has garnered 134, 000 followers.

Earlier in June, free Wi-Fi services were introduced at the famed monument to make the landmark more attractive to the mobile carrying visitors. It allows tourists to avail free Wi-Fi for 30 minutes, after which browsing is charged.

Taj Mahal is a 17th-century, Mughal-style, marble mausoleum with minarets, a mosque and famously symmetrical gardens, commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, the Taj Mahal attracts around 20,000 visitors every day.