Taj Mahal to reopen tomorrow

Agra, June 15 (KMS): India’s Taj Mahal will reopen to visitors tomorrow (Wednesday), more than two months after it was closed as part of strict coronavirus control measures.

This was the second time the Unesco World Heritage Site had shut during the pandemic.

The Archaeological Survey of India, which takes care of the site in the northern city of Agra, said visitors would not be allowed to touch any part of the building and social distancing and other measures would be imposed.

“Visitors will have to step on a sponge-like platform which will act as a sanitiser for shoes,” an official said.

The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s monument of love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal was closed when the pandemic first hit India last year, but reopened in September after a drop in cases of the deadly virus.

The marble mausoleum – one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” – took more than 20 years to build, eventually opening in 1653.

It is located in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which was hit hard by India’s second wave.

The Taj Mahal’s closure for more than 200 days in the space of a year has ruined businesses reliant on the tourist trade.

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