Shut since 17 March, Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh (UP)'s Agra city has been opened up for tourists again starting Monday (21 September) with limits on the count of people allowed to enter the premises each day, reports Hindustan Times.
A Taiwanese tourist staying in India became the first visitor to enter the monument after so long as the Taj reopened its gates.
A maximum of 5,000 tourists will be allowed to visit Taj Mahal in two shifts each day. A strict COVID-19 protocol has been put in force for checking the visitors, who can no longer purchase window tickets. CISF personnel will remain present at distance and check the visitors with hand-held metal detectors.
The visitors can either scan the code to purchase tickets on the spot or can book tickets online through Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)'s website or smartphone application.
Also, at a time, no more than five people will be allowed into the main mausoleum which houses the graves of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Also, an ambulance will remain ready at service at the gates of Taj.
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