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Taj Mahal to reopen for night viewing from Aug 21

After remaining closed for over a year, the iconic Taj Mahal will reopen its night view for visitors from August 21. Visitors who want to explore the marble monument under

After remaining closed for over a year, the iconic Taj Mahal will reopen its night view for visitors from August 21. Visitors who want to explore the marble monument under the moonlight will now be able to visit from tomorrow, said officials on Friday.

The night viewing of the monument had closed on March 17, 2020, during the first lockdown due to COVID-19.

ASI Superintending Archaeologist (Agra Circle) Vasant Kumar Swarnkar while quoted by PTI said that night viewing will be allowed on August 21, 23 and 24 as the monument is closed every week on Friday and the lockdown is in effect on Sunday.

He said there are three-time slots for visitors for the night view of the Taj Mahal- from 8:30-9 pm, 9-9:30 pm and from 9:30-10 pm.

“In every slot, 50 tourists would be allowed as per guidelines of the Supreme Court,” he added.

“The tickets can be booked a day in advance from ASI office’s counter on 22 Mall Road in Agra,” Kumar said.

Rajeev Saxena, vice-president of the Tourism Guild of Agra, said it was a good step, but it would not attract weekend travellers until the restriction of lockdown on Sunday and curfew after 10 pm was not lifted.

“Tourists want to enjoy the nightlife of the city, they don’t want to be packed in their hotels after 10 pm,” he said.

A government-approved tour guide, Monika Sharma, appreciated the move and said it was a ray of hope for the revival of Agra’s tourism sector.

First Published: 20th August, 2021 19:55 IST

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