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TravelTaj Mahal to open on selected nights

11:15  12 september  2019
11:15  12 september  2019 Source:   cnn.com

The Taj Mahal Will Start Fining Visitors Who Stay Longer Than Three Hours

The Taj Mahal Will Start Fining Visitors Who Stay Longer Than Three Hours The Taj Mahal Will Start Fining Visitors Who Stay Longer Than Three Hours

Currently, the Taj is open from sunrise to sunset every day except Friday. The new move will provide additional opportunities for visitors to explore the Taj Mahal , which was added to the In addition to being able to accommodate more visitors by being open on selected nights , visitors will also have a

Currently, the Taj Mahal is open after sunset only five nights per week — the night of the full moon, as well as the two nights before and after the full moon. But, according to India’s tourism and culture minister Prahlad Singh Patel, the UNESCO World Heritage site will remain open beyond the usual 10

Like many of the world's most famous attractions, the Taj Mahal has been coping with the effects of overtourism.

Taj Mahal to open on selected nights© Grant Faint/Getty Images

However, the latest solution for managing crowds at the icon in India is as much about celebrating the site's beauty as it is about crowd control.

Officials for tourism in Agra, the city that the Taj calls home, have told CNN Travel that the site will be open on full moon nights every month except for Ramadan (Ramzan), as well as for two nights on each end of the full moon night, for a total of five evenings per month.

Currently, the Taj is open from sunrise to sunset every day except Friday.

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The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the southern bank of the river Yamuna in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan

( Taj Mahal opens 30 Minutes before sunrise and closes 30 Minutes before sunset during normal operating days). Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays for Taj Mahal Western Gate :- Tickets are available on Western Gate near Saheli Burj. (Timing-One Hour before Sunrise upto 45 Minutes before Sunset).

The new move will provide additional opportunities for visitors to explore the Taj Mahal, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1983.

In addition to being able to accommodate more visitors by being open on selected nights, visitors will also have a chance to see a different side of the Taj -- bathed in moonlight, offsetting the white marble.

Built at the order of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century, the Taj Mahal is widely considered one of the world's foremost attractions and is the single-most visited tourist destination in all of India.

This is not the first time that changes have been implemented to care for the Taj in the face of overtourism.

In December 2018, ticket prices went up from 50 rupees (70 cents) to 250 rupees ($3.50) for Indian citizens and to 1100 rupees ($13.50), with an additional 200 rupees ($2.75) to visit the main mausoleum, for foreigners.

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Night viewing of Taj Mahal is available on five days in a month i.e. on full moon night and two nights before and two after the full moon. Tickets are

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A three-hour visiting cap was also implemented in order to help with crowd control.

In order to book tickets for these full-moon nights, guests must contact the Archaeological Survey of India Office at 22 Mall Road in Agra or by telephone at +91 562 222 7261.

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