TBILISI (BPI)- The stage is set for the reopening of the Taj Mahal on Monday after six months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Preparations are in full swing for the 17th century monument to welcome visitors, albeit with social distancing and other restrictions.
A maximum of 5,000 visitors will be allowed in a day into the monument.
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials said they had not neglected the monument despites its gates having remained closed for so long.
Lawns were maintained all through these six months and we are all set for the Taj re-opening from September 21 – from sunrise to sunset. The tourists would go through thermal check and they would be provided with sanitizer.
Not more than five visitors will be allowed at a time within the main mausoleum which houses the graves of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Tickets will not be sold through the window counters. These can be booked online from the ASI website or mobile app.
Tourism trade experts recollect that the Taj Mahal had never remained closed for such a long period before. The decision to close monuments all over the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic was taken on March 17, even before the lockdown.