Visits to the Taj Mahal to be limited to 3 hours only!

To curb overcrowding and control pollution, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will permit tourists to spend only three hours per visit at the Taj Mahal.

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This UNESCO World Heritage Site usually attracts about 50,000 people every day, even more during the weekends. The number of children visiting the site has no record, as entry is free for those under 15 years of age.

A notice issued by the ASI said the new system has been put in motion from Sunday, April 1, 2018. The time limit will be applicable for both international and domestic tourists.

ASI officials have said that the new system would take a few days to streamline and more staff would be deployed for checking tickets to ensure the time restriction. Those spending extra time at the site would have to pay a penalty.

The best way to reach Agra from the capital city, New Delhi is by train. Beautiful views throughout and a short journey ( 2 -3 hours, depending on the train) ensures you arrive in Agra relaxed and refreshed.

Good news is, with the curtailed time for Taj Mahal, you can invest few hours to explore Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb and Jama Masjid. You can also visit the lesser known gems like Jodha Bai ka Rauza and Moti Masjid.