Taj Mahal set to reopen from June 16 – tickets, guidelines and all you need to know

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  • No more than 650 people will be allowed inside the Taj Mahal at a given time: Agra DM
  • Teams will be deputed to monitor the crowd at all times: DM

After a hiatus of two months, the Taj Mahal and other Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)-protected monuments in Agra are set to reopen from June 16. The monuments were closed due to the alarming rise in COVID-19 infections and deaths in April this year.

ASI’s superintending archaeologist (Agra Circle) Vasant Kumar Swarnkar confirmed that the Taj Mahal and other monuments will reopen in the city from tomorrow.

Entry will be allowed only via online tickets and nobody will be allowed inside the premises without face masks.

Agra District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh announced that no more than 650 people will be allowed inside the Taj Mahal at a given time and teams will be deputed to monitor the crowd at all times.

“People can only book 5 tickets via one phone number. The vaccination camp has been set up for the workers today,” he added

The 17th-century monument of love, the Taj Mahal attracted more than seven million tourists annually, before the pandemic.

For the past one week, there has been a welcome decline in the daily numbers of COVID-19 patients in Agra. In the past 24 hours, only six cases were reported in the city.

Health department officials said the city’s medical infrastructure had been streamlined, and necessary follow-up measures were being taken in the rural areas.


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