Taj Mahal soon will be open at night for all tourists
As of now the night view of The Taj was allowed at a premium only for five nights in a month. Only 400 tourists — 8 batches of 50 people — are allowed on these nights for which Rs. 510 per adult is charged, while a single child ticket costs Rs. 500. Foreign nationals have to pay Rs.750 each.
Union Tourism and Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel said the Taj Mahal will remain open beyond its 10:00 am to 6:00 pm public access time. “We have been receiving a lot of requests to keep the monument open during the night hours. We are dedicated to make this a reality,” Mr Patel said.
The tourism ministry is also planning to illuminate the area around the monument and develop other infrastructure required to deal with night rush.The tourism ministry is currently engaged in getting clearances for the new plan from various departments.
Taj Mahal sees an average of 22,000 visitors a day, with the figure running into millions annually.
The government has decided to extend the visiting hours of 10 popular monuments across India from sunrise till 9 p.m. The monuments are Rajarani Temple Complex (Odisha), Dulhadeo Temple, Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh), Sheikh Chilli Tomb (Haryana), Safdarjung Tomb (Delhi), Humayun’s Tomb (Delhi), the group of monuments at Pattadakal and Gol Gumbaz (both Karnataka), the group of temples Markanda, Chamursi (Maharashtra), Man Mahal, Vaidhshala (Uttar Pradesh) and Rani Ki Vav (Gujarat).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed the decision to extend visiting hours at these 10 sites and has linked it to the Incredible India campaign.
The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World which is considered as the most photogenic destinations of India. It is one of the most exquisite structures ever built by any emperor. It was constructed by the fifth Mughal emperor in the fond memory of his favorite wife Mumtaj Mahal. The Taj Mahal in terms of architecture, is one of the most symmetrical structures in the world, constructed using pure white marble and adorned with precious and semi precious stones. The construction started in 1631 and got completed in 1653 AD; 20,000 workers worked day and night together for 22 years.