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Updated on: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 05:54 PM IST

Tourists line up at Taj Mahal as monument reopens after COVID-induced lockdown; see pics

A soldier patrols the ground at the Taj Mahal after it reopened to visitors following authorities easing Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions in Agra on June 16, 2021. | AFP

A soldier patrols the ground at the Taj Mahal after it reopened to visitors following authorities easing Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions in Agra on June 16, 2021. | AFP

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Months after being closed due to Covid-induced lockdown, entry to the historic Taj Mahal reopened on Wednesday.

The Archaeological Survey of India's (ASI) superintending archaeologist of Agra circle, Vasant Kumar Swarnkar informed on Tuesday, "Taj Mahal, among other ASI-protected monuments, will reopen from tomorrow."

Swarnkar also mentioned that strict COVID-protocols will be followed. "Entry will be allowed only via online tickets. No one will be allowed to enter without masks," he said.

A restriction of only 650 people has also been imposed by the Agra District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh.

"No more than 650 people will be allowed inside Taj Mahal at a given time. Teams will be deputed to monitor the crowd at all times", he said.

He further informed ANI that only 5 tickets can be booked via one phone number. A vaccination camp for the workers of the Taj Mahal was also set up on Tuesday, a day before the opening of the historic monument.

A woman sanitizes her hands as she visits the Taj Mahal on the first day of reopening, in Agra on Wednesday. | ANI

Security personnel thermal screening the tourists as they visit Taj Mahal after its reopening for Public after relaxation in Lockdown, in Agra on Wednesday. | ANI

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A tourist poses for photographs at Taj Mahal that reopened after authorities eased some restrictions in the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown, in Agra on Wednesday. | ANI

A CISF jawan stands guard on the first day of the reopening at Taj Mahal, in Agra on Wednesday. | ANI

tourist spotted on the first day of the reopening of the Taj Mahal, in Agra on Wednesday. | ANI

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A bunch of marigolds blooms in front of the Taj Mahal, in Agra on Wednesday. | ANI

A security guard takes a break as the sun rises behind the Taj Mahal after it reopened to visitors following authorities easing Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions in Agra on June 16, 2021. | AFP

Soldier patrol the ground at the Taj Mahal after it reopened to visitors following authorities easing Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions in Agra on June 16, 2021. | AFP

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Tourists visit the Taj Mahal after it reopened to visitors following authorities easing Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions in Agra on June 16, 2021. | AFP

Tourists visit the Taj Mahal after it reopened to visitors following authorities easing Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions in Agra on June 16, 2021. | AFP

A soldier patrols the ground at the Taj Mahal after it reopened to visitors following authorities easing Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions in Agra on June 16, 2021. | AFP

With inputs from ANI.

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Published on: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 05:54 PM IST
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