One of the world-famous monuments which is one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal is now reopened for night viewing from August 21 onwards. The Taj Mahal was closed for almost a year due to the Covid crisis and as per officials, one can view the famous monument under the moonlight from August 21.
As per the reports, the night viewing of the monument was closed on March 17, 2020, during the first wave of coronavirus.
Speaking about reopening of night viewing of the monument, ASI Superintending Archaeologist (Agra Circle) Vasant Kumar Swarnkar stated that night viewing will be allowed on August 21, 23 and 24 as the monument is closed every week on Friday, while lockdown remains in effect on Sunday.
Here are some of the points to keep in mind while you visit the Taj mahal.
- The monument will be open to visitors in 3-time slots that is from 20:30-21:00, 21:00-21:30 and from 21:30 – 22:00 hrs respectively.
- In every slot, only 50 tourists will be allowed to visit which is in line with the directions from the Supreme Court, the ASI stated.
- The tickets for night viewing should be booked in advance from the ASI office counter stated Kumar.
With this new reopened initiative, Vice President of the Tourism Guild of Agra Rajeev Saxena lauded the step. However, he mentioned that the weekend lockdown may not attract travellers until the restrictions of lockdown on Sunday and Curfew are still in place there might be fewer tourists visiting the monument.