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Planning To Visit Taj Mahal? Remember, Only 40K Tourists Per Day Allowed For 3 Hours Max!

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| January 3 , 2018 , 13:10 IST

One of the seven wonders of the world, Taj Mahal is visited by thousands every day. The heritage site has been a major attraction for tourists but the latest decision taken by the Archaeological Survey of India to preserve the historic monument will restrict the number of people allowed to watch the ginormous memorial.

The ministry can reportedly limit the number of tourists visiting India each day to 40,000 while putting a cap of 3 hours for each tourist to tour around the 17th-century Mughal monument. The decision was reportedly in a high-priority meeting headed by the Culture Secretary Ravindra Singh on Tuesday.

The meeting was attended by ASI officials and representatives of Agra district administration along with the officers of Central Industrial Security Force. The light was shed on various important matters by the ones present for the high-end meet. The ministry officials clarified that the sales of tickets - online and offline, will halt at 40,000.

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The restriction will null the current scenario where people irrespective of number could enter the premises of the iconic monument complex. As per the latest stats, the average tourist rate in Taj Mahal has increased by 10-15 percent per annum. During peak season, over 70,000 people visit the monument per day.

ASI is also likely to issue "zero-value" tickets to children below the age of 15 years allowing their free entry. The National Environmental Engineering and Research Institute (NEERI) was asked in 2012 to prepare an in-depth report classifying the load-bearing capacity of Taj Mahal and the decision to restrict visitors has been taken after the report was submitted.

Considered as one of the finest specimen of the Mughal architecture, Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. It was cited as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage."