After last closed for over a 12 months for night time viewing, the Taj Mahal will open from August 21 for guests who need to discover the marble monument beneath moonlight, officers mentioned on Friday.
Evening viewing of the monument had closed on March 17, 2020 all through the primary lockdown because of COVID-19.
ASI Superintending Archaeologist (Agra Circle) Vasant Kumar Swarnkar advised PTI that night time viewing will likely be allowed on August 21, 23 and 24 because the monument is closed each week on Friday and the lockdown is in impact on Sunday.
He mentioned there are 3 time slots for guests. From 8:30-9 pm, 9-9:30 pm and from 9:30-10 pm.
“In each slot, 50 vacationers could be allowed as in step with tips of the Splendid Court docket,” he added.
“The tickets will also be booked an afternoon prematurely from ASI place of business’s counter on 22 Mall Highway in Agra,” Kumar mentioned.
Rajeev Saxena, vice-president of the Tourism Guild of Agra, mentioned it used to be a excellent step, however it could no longer draw in weekend travellers till the restriction of lockdown on Sunday and curfew after 10 pm used to be no longer lifted.
“Vacationers need to experience nightlife of the town, they don’t need to be packed of their resorts after 10 pm,” he mentioned.
A central authority licensed excursion information, Monika Sharma, favored the transfer and mentioned it used to be a ray of hope for the revival of Agra’s tourism sector.