After almost 6 months the Taj Mahal is finally going to reopen for visitors from 21 September. The Superintending Archaeologist of the Archaeological Survey of India’s Agra Circle, Mr. Vasant Swarnkar confirmed this to a newspaper site. He also mentioned that around 5,000 visitors will be allowed every day.
Other ASI- protected monuments were reopened from 1st September in Agra but Agra Fort and Taj Mahal were still kept closed as per the orders of the District Administration. The reason behind the shut was that both of them were falling near to the containment areas.
Guidelines are issued for the reopening of the Taj Mahal; the visitors have to follow various rules to maintain social distancing and hand sanitization properly. He said that masks would be mandatory to enter the monuments and all the tickets must be purchased online only through the app as the ticket counters would remain closed.
The Taj Mahal will be closed on Sundays and Fridays, on the other hand, Agra Fort will remain closed on just Sundays. For downloading the tickets the visitors can use the ASI phone app. According to the reports of ASI, the Taj Mahal was used to be visited by around 70-80 lakh people a year, the number includes foreign tourists. Before the nationwide lockdown, the monuments were already closed on March 17, to control the situation of COVID-19. This was the first time ever since the Indo-Pak war of 1965-1971 that the Taj Mahal got closed.