The Taj Mahal has reopened to domestic tourists after a six-month hiatus owing to India’s coronavirus epidemic.
The country’s most iconic landmark opened its gates on Monday (21 September), but only to residents of its Uttar Pradesh province.
Visitors will be subject to strict new Covid health and safety measures, including temperature checking on entry and the mandatory wearing of face masks.
As many as eight million visitors head to the Taj every year. However, visitor numbers – which typically run to 40,000 a day – will be limited to 5,000.
Additional safety measures include hand sanitiser stations, a one-way system, and a strict no touching policy, while group photos are also not currently allowed.
The Taj, just outside the Indian city of Agra, is one of the world’s most frequented tourist attractions, and a mainstay of many Golden Triangle itineraries, and other India tours.