The Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort will be reopened for visitors from September 21, the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) Agra hover declared on Monday. The two world legacy monuments were closed since March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Agra District Magistrate PN Singh made the announcement in a tweet.
All guidelines issued by the centre will have to be followed while visiting the mausoleum and the fort which includes social distancing and sanitising of hands, Vasant Kumar Swarnkar, superintending archaeologist of the Archaeological Survey of India (Agra circle) said in a statement to the media.
“Masks are mandatory to enter the monuments and all tickets must be purchased online. Ticket counters will not be open,” Mr Swarnkar added.
Only 5,000 tourists will be allowed each day at the Taj Mahal — 2,500 before 2pm and the rest after. At Agra Fort, 2,500 tourists will be allowed every day, he added.
Other historical monuments like Etmauddaula’s tomb, Sikandra, and Fatehpur Sikri were reopened from September 1. The Agra District Magistrate on August 20 had decided to reopen all the historical monuments except the Taj Mahal and Red Fort (Lal Quila) from September 1, after reviewing its earlier order.