After a long wait of 6 months, the Agra administration is finally opening the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort on 21st September 2020.
District Magistrate of Agra, Mr. Prabhu N. Singh said, “Tourists will have to follow strict safety protocols to stop the spread of COVID-19. Tourists will be thermally checked and asked to sanitize their hands before entering the monuments. Wearing masks is compulsory for every tourist. Inside the premises, the administration will also look after to maintain social distancing.”
Vasant Swarnkar, the Superintending Archaeologist of the Archaeological Survey of India, Agra Circle stated that there will be online ticket purchasing and that too in two slots – pre and post-lunch. 2,500 tickets will be available for each slot. So, a maximum of 5,000 visitors can visit the Taj Mahal daily. This protocol has been made to limit crowd and assure social distancing.
However, only 2500 tourists are allowed every day to visit Agra Fort. Tourists can buy tickets from the official website or with the android app of ASI. They can also buy tickets online by scanning the QR code glued outside the monuments.
Vasant Swarnkar stated that all the licensed commercial photographers permitted within the Taj Mahal premises will be allotted specific time slots to enter the premises.
The Taj Mahal will be opened for 5 days in a week and will remain closed on Friday and Sunday. Agra Fort will remain open throughout the week except for Sunday.
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