What happened on Day-1 of iconic Taj Mahal's reopening

With limited visitors, no touching of white marble walls and a number of new rules, India reopened one of the world's seven wonders, Taj Mahal, in the northern Indian city of Agra after a six-month hiatus on Monday. 

Take a look at what all happened on the first day at India's "monument of love".

Special rules

As Taj Mahal opened for visitors, there were special rules that were put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus. Touching of marble walls was not allowed, and only 5,000 visitors were allowed in a day to visit the monument, a quarter of its capacity pre-COVID-19. 


Wear a mask after the photo is clicked

News agency AFP reported that visitors were reminded to wear their masks after they click the photographs. 


An iconic bench covered in plastic

Amongst the various measures, a popular bench in Taj Mahal where people sit and get themselves photographed has been laminated in plastic and after a set of visitors stand up and walk away, it gets sanitised. 


International tourists also visit 

On Monday, some foreigners were also present on Monday to visit Taj Mahal. 

Spaniard Ainhoa Parra, who was also there said, "Coronavirus is in every country," adding they "have to be careful", but if they get infected they "will". 


'Not worried about coronavirus'

Engineer Debargha Sengupta who was planning to visit Taj for a long time said he is "not worried about the coronavirus. It's been six months and I am totally fed up now. We cannot sit at home forever."


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