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.
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.
To reach Agra from New Delhi, it is best to travel by car via Taj Express Highway/Yamuna Expressway. It takes approx. 4 hours 30 minutes to cover the distance of 233 km.You can also take the train or a bus to get to Agra.
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.