Taj Mahal & Agra Fort to reopen for tourists after being closed due to COVID-19!
Ever since the outbreak of the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic, the entire world went into lockdown mode and tourist spots were all closed down! However, the lockdown restrictions are being lifted and people are beginning to live life in the "new normal". The lockdown relaxations have been brought about not because the deadly Corona Virus has been eradicated but more because the flailing economy demanded it. Thus, people have to exercise caution and follow all safety measures, to still be able to go about their daily work. In such a situation, it has now been announced that some of India's most iconic monuments will be reopening for the Public, from tomorrow (Sep 21)!
It has now been announced that one of the seven wonders of the world and India's most visited tourist attraction - the 17th Century monument Taj Mahal, would be open to tourists from tomorrow! The Agra Fort will also be open for tourists, from tomorrow! In what was an unprecedented measure, the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort were closed down for over 6 months! Now, they will be open for the public but with all mandated safety measures in place. The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) officials have taken all safety precautions for visitors to enjoy these monuments, safely! Talking about this, the caretaker of the Taj Mahal - Amar Nath Gupta said, "Sanitisation at the Eastern and Western Gates, thermal screening, painting of circles for maintaining social distancing, etc. are in place. Only 2,500 visitors will be allowed inside mausoleum, in one shift and this will only be possible through online booking!"
Considered as a monument for love, the Taj Mahal attracts a number of foreigners as well. While the entry fee for Indians is Rs. 50 per ticket, foreigners will have to shell out Rs. 1,100 per entry ticket. Another additional ticket for Rs. 200 would have to be purchased to enter the main platform to view the graves of Emperor Shahjahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Though these monuments are being opened tomorrow, it remains to be seen how many people would be willing to travel for tourism, in these troubling times. Also, the Agra University has announced the postponing of its MBBS exams, which had been scheduled to happen from Monday. This announcement came on the back of 25 medicos testing positive for the Corona Virus. They have now been admitted to the COVID isolation ward. University officials have stated that the new date for the exams would be announced after consultation with the college authorities.