Taj Mahal named second best UNESCO World Heritage site

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According to a survey conducted by online travel portal, TripAdvisor, India’s iconic ivory-white marble mausoleum in Agra, ‘Taj Mahal’ is ranked second among the best UNESCO World Heritage sites globally.

The survey lists the UNESCO Cultural and Natural heritage sites best rated by travellers around the globe.

“You can find hundreds of tours and experiences to visit this mesmerizing site, from a private tour with the guide and visit at sunset or sunrise, to a visit including a home cooked meal at a local home in Agra,” the travel portal reported.

The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. It is described as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. The monument receives 8 million visitors per year.

Topping the list is Cambodia’s, Angkor Wat. Other popular heritage sites on the survey included the Great Wall of China built by Xu Da of Northern Qi Dynasty and South America’s Incan citadel Machu Picchu in Peru, Iguazu National Park in Brazil, Italy’s Sassi of Matera, Auschwitz Birkenau and historic Krakow in Poland, the old city of Jerusalem in Israel and the historic areas of Istanbul in Turkey.

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