Taj Mahal monument to reopen for night viewing 

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20th Aug, 2021. 05:24 pm
Taj Mahal reopens

NEW DELHI: Authorities in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh will reopen the iconic monument of love, Taj Mahal, for night viewing, officials said Friday.

“Night viewing of the Taj Mahal will now be available for tourists from tomorrow,” an official in charge of the monument said.

As per the directive, the night viewing will be available on three days and in three-time slots.

“It will remain open on 21st, 23rd and 24th of August. Also due to Covid-19 lockdown, only three slots will be available, i.e. 8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., 9.00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (local time),” reads a statement issued by the officials.

Officials said in every slot, 50 tourists would be allowed as per guidelines of the country’s Supreme Court. Tickets for the night viewing can be booked a day in advance.

According to Indian officials, the decision is part of Covid-19 relaxation and a step towards the revival of the tourism sector in the state.

Night viewing of the marble monument was suspended on March 17, 2020 during the first Covid-19 lockdown. The Taj Mahal is one of the world’s leading tourist attractions.

It was first closed on March 17 last year during the first wave of Covid-19 pandemic, and then it was reopened on September 21, 2020 with several restrictions.

This year the monument was closed again on April 16 because of the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic. Later on, authorities reopened it after two months of closure on June 16.

According to India’s cultural ministry, tens of thousands of tourists used to visit the Taj Mahal every day.

Previously the Taj Mahal was closed during wars. However, officials said the closure had not been so long.

Reports said prior to Covid-19, the Taj Mahal attracted 7 million visitors every year with a large number of foreign tourists.

Earnings generated from the tourist destination contribute massively to the revenue of the Uttar Pradesh government.-Xinhua


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