Love has higher price to save the Taj Mahal

India is to restrict the number of daily visitors to the Taj Mahal in an attempt to preserve the 17th-century monument to love, its biggest tourist attraction.



Thursday, January 04, 2018

India is to restrict the number of daily visitors to the Taj Mahal in an attempt to preserve the 17th-century monument to love, its biggest tourist attraction.

Millions of mostly Indian tourists visit the Taj Mahal every year and their numbers are increasing steadily as domestic travel becomes easier.

Experts say the vast crowds increase wear and tear on the white marble tomb, which already must undergo regular cleaning to stop it turning yellow from polluted air, and could put pressure on its foundations.

Only 40,000 tourists will be allowed to enter the historic complex per day.

"We have to ensure the safety of the monument and visitors as well," an official with the Archeological Survey of India said. "Crowd management is a big challenge for us."

The restrictions will not apply to foreigners, who pay 1,000 rupees (HK$123). Indian visitors normally pay just 40 rupees, but will be able to buy the more expensive ticket if they want to get around the limit.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE