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Taj Mahal to reopen for night viewing from today

Visitors can visit between 8:30 and 9 pm, 9 pm to 9:30 pm, and 9:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Only 50 tourists will be permitted to attend each slot, following Supreme Court norms.

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Agra, First Published Aug 21, 2021, 1:16 PM IST
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After being shuttered for over a year due to COVID issues, the Taj Mahal will return for night viewing on August 21. According to authorities, visitors who wish to examine the marble monument under the moonlight may do so beginning today. According to reports, night viewing of the monument was prohibited on March 17, 2020, during the first COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

According to ASI Superintending Archaeologist (Agra Circle) Vasant Kumar Swarnkar, night viewing will be permitted on August 21, 23, and 24. The monument is closed every week on Friday, while lockdown remains in force on Sunday.

Visitors can visit between 8:30 and 9 pm, 9 pm to 9:30 pm, and 9:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Only 50 tourists will be permitted to attend each slot, following Supreme Court norms. The official said tickets for night bookings might be purchased a day in advance at the ASI office's counter. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath decided at a meeting to assess the COVID-19 issue.

Rajeev Saxena, Vice President of the Tourism Guild of Agra, applauded the move but noted that it would not attract weekend visitors unless the restrictions of lockdown on Sunday and curfew after 10 pm were lifted. He said that travellers who want to enjoy the city's nightlife would not want to be crammed inside their hotels after 10 pm.

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