The 17th century Indian landmark the Taj Mahal launched its own Twitter account, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (India), Akhilesh Yadav, notedon Indian Independence Day on Saturday, 15th August. With this, the Taj Mahal has become the first historical monument in the world to have a Twitter account in its own name, said the Uttar Pradesh tourism bureau.
Taj Mahal Twitter account invite tourists
Taj Mahal’s Twitter account has been set up with an intention of creating better interactions with the tourists. The feedback given by tourists will be used to resolve their grievances. When introducing the page, the tourism department said, “The official Twitter handle of the world’s most loved monument, located in Agra. One of the wonders of the world.” The page claims that there are two types of people, “Those who have visited me and follow me here, and those who haven’t seen me and yet follow me here.”
Taj Mahal is one among the Seven Wonders of the World and is recognized as a symbol of love. It is also highly acclaimed across the world for its architectural brilliance. The Taj Mahal was Shah Jahan’s gift to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The initial plan was to launch the Twitter account on Independence Day eve, but the permission to hold an event at Taj was denied by the Agra circle of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), citing concerns related to security and the environment.
A successful launch
Soon after the launch, a campaign was initiated where users were requested to share their memories of the Taj Mahal that will then be retweeted. The campaign was then joined by Twitter India, which said the images shared will be used to make an iconic Taj Mahal collage. The monument was visited by CM Akhilesh Yadav with family in February this year, and he was the first to upload a picture of his Taj moments.
Raheel Khursheed, the head of Twitter India, tweeted “The amazing @TajMahal is on Twitter. That will take a while to sink in.”
The launch of an official Twitter account for Taj Mahal could be regarded as a successful one with 2000 followers within an hour and 13,000 followers by early Monday. This initiative by the government of Uttar Pradesh (India) has been highly lauded, and thousands of users shared their pictures taken at the Taj Mahal ubder the hashtag #MyTajMemory.