Photos: India’s landmarks stand empty in the wake of a 21-day lockdown

India's major landmarks and monuments now wear a deserted look in the wake of a 21-day national lockdown announced by the Narendra Modi government to combat the spread of Covid-19 on March 24, 2020. State governments warned those violating partial restrictions that they would be jailed for up to two years and their vehicles would be confiscated if they didn’t stay indoors.

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Rajpath, with India Gate barricaded off during the second day of the state government imposed lockdown in New Delhi on March 24, 2020. In his second address to the nation in less than a week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an unprecedented three-week national lockdown yesterday. (Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)

Rajpath, with India Gate barricaded off during the second day of the state government imposed lockdown in New Delhi on March 24, 2020. In his second address to the nation in less than a week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an unprecedented three-week national lockdown yesterday. (Vipin Kumar / HT Photo)

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A flock of pigeons were the only visitors to the Gateway Of India, in Mumbai on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 during a lockdown by state governments and Union Territories that was observed across the majority of India. Underlining the gravity of the outbreak and its rapid spread, PM Modi emphasised the importance of “social distancing” as the one and only way to break the chain of transmission. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

A flock of pigeons were the only visitors to the Gateway Of India, in Mumbai on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 during a lockdown by state governments and Union Territories that was observed across the majority of India. Underlining the gravity of the outbreak and its rapid spread, PM Modi emphasised the importance of “social distancing” as the one and only way to break the chain of transmission. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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A security personnel keeps watch at Victoria Memorial Hall in Kolkata. If people did not abide by the directive, the PM warned, they risked setting themselves, their families, and India, back by 21 years. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

A security personnel keeps watch at Victoria Memorial Hall in Kolkata. If people did not abide by the directive, the PM warned, they risked setting themselves, their families, and India, back by 21 years. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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Not a soul in sight at Girgaon Chowpatty, in Mumbai on March 24, 2020. The centre has issued guidelines on essential services, what people can and cannot do during the lockdown. Violators will be punished, can face prison time. Hundreds were booked across India on Tuesday for violating states’ lockdowns, many being told to do sit-ups and squats on roads. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

Not a soul in sight at Girgaon Chowpatty, in Mumbai on March 24, 2020. The centre has issued guidelines on essential services, what people can and cannot do during the lockdown. Violators will be punished, can face prison time. Hundreds were booked across India on Tuesday for violating states’ lockdowns, many being told to do sit-ups and squats on roads. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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A deserted view of Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganga and Yamuna, deserted at Prayagraj. India has recorded 519 confirmed cases as of March 25, 2020 according to the Ministry of Health. The 3-week lockdown in India aims to break the infection transmission chain. (Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

A deserted view of Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganga and Yamuna, deserted at Prayagraj. India has recorded 519 confirmed cases as of March 25, 2020 according to the Ministry of Health. The 3-week lockdown in India aims to break the infection transmission chain. (Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

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A view of the Golden Temple during a state announced curfew in Amritsar on March 24, 2020. About three quarters of the country was under lockdown till Tuesday before the Prime Minister announced that the country was going into a complete lockdown till April 15. (Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo)

A view of the Golden Temple during a state announced curfew in Amritsar on March 24, 2020. About three quarters of the country was under lockdown till Tuesday before the Prime Minister announced that the country was going into a complete lockdown till April 15. (Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo)

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Where a myriad scenes from day-to-day life play out, only the city skyline in the distance made for a view from the Maidan, the city’s largest urban park, in Kolkata on March 24, 2020. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

Where a myriad scenes from day-to-day life play out, only the city skyline in the distance made for a view from the Maidan, the city’s largest urban park, in Kolkata on March 24, 2020. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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Locked out for one’s own safety at Charminar in Hyderabad. India has suspended most visas into the country until mid-April and has banned passengers from Europe, Turkey and the United Kingdom - including its own citizens. All domestic flights and rail travel across the country will remain suspended from Wednesday till April 15. (PTI)

Locked out for one’s own safety at Charminar in Hyderabad. India has suspended most visas into the country until mid-April and has banned passengers from Europe, Turkey and the United Kingdom - including its own citizens. All domestic flights and rail travel across the country will remain suspended from Wednesday till April 15. (PTI)

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All still at Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in Mumbai. A wave of travel restrictions has been imposed to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which has infected over 400,000 people globally. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

All still at Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in Mumbai. A wave of travel restrictions has been imposed to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which has infected over 400,000 people globally. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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Teeming with visitors, monuments and public spaces like the inner circle of Connaught Palace, seen here, have worn a deserted look ever since the ‘Janta Curfew’ on March 22, 2020. A Rs 15,000 crore fund has been announced to ramp up the healthcare infrastructure to deal with the pandemic. (Ajay Aggarwal / HT Photo)

Teeming with visitors, monuments and public spaces like the inner circle of Connaught Palace, seen here, have worn a deserted look ever since the ‘Janta Curfew’ on March 22, 2020. A Rs 15,000 crore fund has been announced to ramp up the healthcare infrastructure to deal with the pandemic. (Ajay Aggarwal / HT Photo)

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Crows line the Marine Drive promenade, gazing out to sea. The lockdown is the first time provisions of the National Disaster Management Act, 2005, are being invoked. This marks the first time, since the law came into being after the 2004 Tsunami that hit the eastern coast of India killing about 10,000 people, that the National Disaster Management Authority has invoked it. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

Crows line the Marine Drive promenade, gazing out to sea. The lockdown is the first time provisions of the National Disaster Management Act, 2005, are being invoked. This marks the first time, since the law came into being after the 2004 Tsunami that hit the eastern coast of India killing about 10,000 people, that the National Disaster Management Authority has invoked it. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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