New Delhi (Sputnik): Tourists visiting the Taj Mahal — considered the jewel of Muslim art in India — will henceforth be permitted to spend a maximum of only three hours admiring the architectural wonder. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) said the decision was aimed at controlling overcrowding and pollution.
Starting today, the Archaeological Survey of India will permit visitors to spend only three hours at the Taj Mahal, to ease rush and control pollution pic.twitter.com/qAN0zpTzuP— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) April 1, 2018
"The decision will reduce overcrowding as once the visitor enters the Taj Mahal, generally they spend the whole day there. So it will limit the crowd inside the premises. Further, the time restriction will give a chance to every visitor to see the monument," former Regional Director of Archaeological Survey of India, Dr. K. K. Muhammed told Sputnik.
The Taj Mahal is recognized to be the most beautiful, romantic and serene tomb built during the Mughal era in India. The main attraction comprises the four minarets as well as the exquisite floral patterns and calligraphy of Koranic script inscribed on the milky marble walls.
Situated on the banks of River Yamuna, Taj Mahal in #Agra is an architectural masterpiece with Pietra Dura scrollwork, and verses from the Quran in calligraphy using inlaid jasper. #HeritageOfUP pic.twitter.com/EeazA8FI71— UP Tourism (@uptourismgov) February 14, 2018
Various world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, have visited the iconic Taj Mahal during their visits to India.
Putin at Taj Mahal 04 October 2000 pic.twitter.com/Eo6nxzAYp8
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The ASI says it is certain that the measure will not deter tourists from visiting the bejeweled mausoleum in large numbers.
"I do not think this will reduce the number of visitors overall but definitely our purpose will be solved by this to curb number in the premises at any given time. Initially, people may feel uneasy but in the longer term, everything will be regulated smoothly" Kamei Athoilu Kabui, deputy superintendent of Agra ASI, told Sputnik.