History & Culture

To tackle pollution, Taj Mahal gets a facial


One of seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal is tightening its pores with an anti-pollution face mask designed to take years off the marbled beauty.

The dirt and grime that has over time stained the 17th century white marble mausoleum will be scrubbed clean using fuller’s earth, a type of clay used in face packs. Additives designed to specially rid the marble of stains from chewing tobacco and hand prints left on the walls by inconsiderate tourists will be added to the mud pack, according to Manoj Kumar Bhatnagar, an official with the Archaeological Survey of India in Agra – the city where the Taj Mahal is located.

Mr. Bhatnagar refused to divulge the list of secret ingredients that will accompany the lime-rich clay pack except to say that it will “be similar to how ladies used to do facials traditionally during the Mughal period.”

Full report here WSJ


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