The Indian Government is limiting the amount of time visitors can spend at the Taj Mahal to three hours from Sunday, the first time such a restriction has been introduced at the famous site.
Bhuvan Vikram, the Taj Mahal’s superintendent archaeologist, said the aim was “to reduce congestion inside the monument, stop tourists over-staying and manage crowds inside and at the gates”.
He added that “the new procedures will also help maintain a proper number and disperse crowds”.
The Taj Mahal attracts close to eight million foreign and domestic tourists every year, with as many as 50,000 arriving each weekend.
However, those numbers do not include children below the age of 15, who are not recorded because they get in free.
Officials have acted after recent reports of so-called “human pollution”, with ministers considering a proposal to cap entry to the monument to 40,000 people daily.
Mr Vikram said: “We decided three hours was enough time for tourists to see the Taj, even at a leisurely pace.”
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