India to Cap Number of Taj Mahal Visitors; Brigit Katz; Smithsonian Magazine

India – Taj Mahal

Spurred by safety and conservation concerns, officials plan to limit the number of domestic tourists to 40,000 per day.

On busy tourist days, as many as 70,000 people wander through the majestic gardens and opulent interiors of the Taj Mahal. But due to conservation and safety concerns, that could soon change. As Anuja Jaiswall reports for the Times of India, the Indian government plans to institute a cap on the number of local visitors to the Taj Mahal, allowing no more than 40,000 Indian residents to enter the site each day.

During a meeting on Tuesday, representatives of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) discussed several crowd-management strategies with culture minister Mahesh Sharma and other high-ranking officials. The cap, which will go into effect on January 20, will apply to Indian tourists, who pay a reduced entry fee.

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