Giving more information about the reopening of the iconic monument, Dr Vasant Swarnkar, Superintending Archaeologist, Agra Circle, says, “Yes, we have reopened Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri for tourists. Daily 5000 tourists will be allowed to visit the Taj Mahal. Likewise, for Agra fort, the number of permitted tourists would be 2500 daily and for Fatehpur Sikri, the number will be 1000 per day. The number of permitted tourists at all the monuments will be divided into two batches. Also SOPs like no mask-no entry, proper hand-feet sanitisation and body temperature scanning will be followed. Also, tourists will not be allowed to touch the railings. We have also laminated the Diana bench and so that the stones do not get adversely affected with the sanitisation process. Group photography has also been restricted in the monuments.”
The reopening of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort is a positive sign for the tourism industry (BCCL)
Bharat Agarwal, a businessman in Kanpur was elated on the reopening of the Taj Mahal. “It’s certainly good news. Since December last year, when I visited Manali with my family, I have not gone to any tourist destinations. In March, I had planned to visit Nainital but I had to cancel the plan owing to the lockdown. Now, when the Taj Mahal has reopened, I will be taking my family on a quick vacation so that we all have a change,” shares, Bharat who plans to visit Agra soon.
Another city businessman and party regular Amit Sharma, is also planning to surprise his family by taking them to Agra to visit the iconic Taj Mahal. “Going to the Taj Mahal would surely be a nice change for the entire family. Be it my wife, or children, everyone is very bored if staying at home for months now. I have asked my travel agent to make all the required bookings so that we have an uninterrupted vacation after a long time. It will be a surprise for them,” says Amit.
According to Ankit Rathore, a tour and travel operator, the reopening of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort is a positive sign for the tourism industry. He shares, “Tourism industry is worst affected owing to the pandemic. The reopening of the Taj Mahal and Agra will surely bring a sigh of relief for the entire industry. Festivals are around the corner and every year this used to be the time when a lot of people used to visit Agra to see the Taj and Agra fort. With reopening of both the monuments people will not only once again get a chance to visit these historic tourist attractions but also this will help in giving a boost to the tourism industry.”
Another tour and travel operator, Ratnesh Jain is also optimistic about the tour and travel industry getting a new momentum soon. “Now people really want to move out. For the past few months, they have been staying in their houses and this has turned really boring for them. Since Agra is quite close, people would definitely love traveling to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and other monuments.”