We have been craving for that one holiday for the longest time now. Things are slowly getting back to normalcy, with all the precautionary measures as the coronavirus is still here. This may not be the best time to travel but with tourist attractions re-opening for a certain number of visitors, it doesn't seem a bad option. The good news is that the Taj Mahal is reopening for tourists later this month. The authorities have come to this decision after introducing a list of new guidelines and rules for the visitors. Scroll down to know more.
Things You Need To Know
Archaeological Survey of India Superintending Archaeologist Basant Kumar Swarnkar shared the new rules and guidelines for tourists who would be now visiting the tourist attraction.
1. Every visitor will have to go through thermal screening at the entrance gate.
2. All the tourists entering the attraction will have to wear a face mask and face shield at all times.
3. Tourists who will go up to the main dome of the Taj Mahal will be given touch-free show covers which can be worn through an automatic machine.
4. Only one tourist will be allowed to be on the very popular 'Diana Bench' at the central tank.
5. There will be a no-touch rule for all the tourists visiting the attraction. As per new rules, visitors will not be allowed to touch the walls, railings, or doors at the monument.
6. To maintain social distancing, only a number of 5000 tourists will be allowed per day. These will be split into two batches of 2500 each, pre-lunch and post-lunch. Each visitor will be allowed a period of 3 hours only.
7. There will be no physical ticket provided at the entry of the monument. Tickets will be sold online or through a mobile app of the Archaeological Survey of India. Once the first 2500 tickets are sold, the other 2500 tickets will be available. Tourists will also be allowed to buy tickets by scanning QR codes on standees set outside the monument.
8. Not all commercial photographers will be allowed to enter the Taj Mahal. Licensed photographers will be allowed at their given slots. Group photography at the Taj will be prohibited.
9. All the visitors will have to carry their own water bottles and sanitisers inside the monument.
10. Tourists will have to ensure physical distancing while inside the monument.
Why This Is The Best Time To Visit The Taj Mahal?
One of the 7 Wonders Of The World, the Taj Mahal is overcrowded most days. The monument witnesses the arrival of more than 2 million visitors every year. However, this year, due to the pandemic, only 5000 visitors will be allowed to visit the attraction per day which is just 1/4th of the 20,000 footfalls the monument gets everyday. If you wish to explore the beauty of this architectural marvel in peace then this could be the best time. However, knowing the current scenario of the virus, it is important to ensure that you follow all the required precautionary measures.
If you plan to visit the attraction later this month then do keep all the guidelines in mind. Make sure you carry all your essentials along, face masks, face shield, sanitisers, disinfectant spray among others. Don't forget to share your experience with us. For more such travel news, stay tuned!