The Taj Mahal is India’s biggest tourist attraction, but its conservation has been challenged by the high levels of air pollution in the city of Agra where it is located. The monument is periodically given a mud pack to remove the yellow stains caused by pollution, a treatment which is believed to restore the original colour of its white marble.

However, experts have now issued a warning that frequent use of mud packs may lead to the loss of the marble monument’s original colour, texture and sheen. Instead, they’ve asked the government to reduce the city’s pollution.

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Frequent use of mud packs to clean pollution stains may damage the Taj Mahal