More people were able to celebrate Independence Day at the Taj Mahal than ever before this year.

Not surprisingly, the Taj Mahal was the centrepiece for the Independence Day celebrations in Agra this year.

But unlike days gone by, more people were able to pack the grounds around the ancient mausoleum due to the newly opened Yumuna Expressway.

Zee News reports that the 17th century monument to love has seen unprecedented amount of visitors since the road opened a few months back and the influx culminated with Independence Day.

This year’s celebrations in Agra were some of the most vibrant in recent memory as the city’s government buildings bore flashes of colour and the national anthem reverberated around the streets.

There was even an homage to the Olympics as the day began with a race from the Eklavya Sports Stadium.

Agra is one of the must-see places for tourists travelling to India.

The Yumuna Expressway has cut the commute time from Delhi by 50 per cent, meaning that it is now very feasible for people to take day trips between the two cities.

Written by Erin Marshal

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