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Taj Mahal re-opens for public after six months, visitors to be divided into two slots

A maximum of 5,000 visitors will be allowed in two shifts per day to visit the monument.
File photo: Workers spray disinfection at Taj Mahal premises it re-opens from September 21.(ANI)
File photo: Workers spray disinfection at Taj Mahal premises it re-opens from September 21.(ANI)
Updated on Sep 21, 2020 09:47 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Agra | ByHemendra Chaturvedi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

Closed for 6 months due to pandemic, Taj Mahal set for reopening on Monday

A maximum of 5,000 visitors will be allowed in a day into the monument in line with the Covid-19 protocol..
Workers disinfect the Taj Mahal premises ahead of the monument’s reopening on Monday.(ANI)
Workers disinfect the Taj Mahal premises ahead of the monument’s reopening on Monday.(ANI)
Published on Sep 20, 2020 06:45 PM IST
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Taj Mahal to reopen from tomorrow, 5,000 tourists allowed per day | Check guidelines

Group photography at the premises is barred. Only licensed tour guides allowed inside from tomorrow.
Taj Mahal to allow 5,000 tourists per day starting from tomorrow. The monument will remain closed on Fridays and Sundays.(PTI)
Taj Mahal to allow 5,000 tourists per day starting from tomorrow. The monument will remain closed on Fridays and Sundays.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 20, 2020 04:52 PM IST
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Eye-watering problem: Indian optician’s claim threatens nation’s banks

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government imposed the world’s strictest Covid-19 lockdown in March, Sharma saw no customers for months, though he had to keep paying his $2,700 in monthly recurring costs.
Published on Sep 19, 2020 08:07 AM IST
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Agra | ByReuters | Posted by Arpan Rai

Agra hotels set to welcome tourists as Taj Mahal reopens from September 21

The famed monuments, which attract people all across the world, were shut in March due to the nationwide lockdown in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to this, the hotel industry was shut for over five months and suffered losses.
A member of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel stands guard inside the empty premises of the historic Taj Mahal during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of Covid-19, in Agra, India.(REUTERS)
A member of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel stands guard inside the empty premises of the historic Taj Mahal during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of Covid-19, in Agra, India.(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 19, 2020 07:19 AM IST
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Agra | ByAsian News International | Posted by Arpan Rai

Agra’s Mughal museum to house Braj artefacts as well: Official

Braj, also known as Brij or Brijbhoomi, is the region around Mathura-Vrindavan and is considered to be the land of Lord Krishna
The under-construction Mughal museum in Agra.(HT photo)
The under-construction Mughal museum in Agra.(HT photo)
Published on Sep 16, 2020 04:51 PM IST
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Row over Agra’s Mughal Museum’s link with Shivaji, project in need of funds

Many had forgotten that the Taj city had a connect with Chhatrapati Shivaji till the CM Adityanath announced to rename the under-construction museum after the Maratha king on Monday.
The under-construction museum in Agra.(HT Photo.)
The under-construction museum in Agra.(HT Photo.)
Updated on Sep 15, 2020 10:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Agra | ByHemendra Chaturvedi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

Taj Mahal’s reopening to give Agra’s marble trade a new lease of life

Marble traders in Agra had taken a huge hit during the lockdown amid the Covid-9 pandemic that stopped tourist traffic and disrupted shipments.
Staff at a shop in Agra arranging marble products after the date of the reopening of the Taj Mahal was announced.(HT PHOTO)
Staff at a shop in Agra arranging marble products after the date of the reopening of the Taj Mahal was announced.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 13, 2020 03:32 PM IST
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Taj Mahal and Agra Fort to reopen from September 21: What you need to know

The Agra administration plans to follow strict protocols while reopening both monuments
The Agra administration plans to follow strict protocols while reopening both Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.(ANI)
The Agra administration plans to follow strict protocols while reopening both Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort.(ANI)
Updated on Sep 08, 2020 10:46 AM IST
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Unlock 4: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort to re-open for visitors from Sept 21

According to Basant Kumar, Superintending Archaeologist, ASI, only 5,000 and 2,500 visitors will be allowed in both the monuments respectively in a day.
As a precautionary measure, the ticket counters will not open and electronic tickets will be provided to the visitors.(Reuters file photo)
As a precautionary measure, the ticket counters will not open and electronic tickets will be provided to the visitors.(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Sep 08, 2020 07:40 AM IST
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Agra | ByAsian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal

HT Brunch cover story: Locked down but not out with AB de Villiers

Conversations of hope and positivity with the former cricket captain of South Africa
For a sportsperson, keeping fit while staying indoors during a pandemic has been even more essential. Styling: Jess Lupton at One League, South Africa; Wardrobe: Shirt, Studio W at Woolworths; trousers, Zara; watch, Montblanc 1858 Geosphere(Travys Owen)
For a sportsperson, keeping fit while staying indoors during a pandemic has been even more essential. Styling: Jess Lupton at One League, South Africa; Wardrobe: Shirt, Studio W at Woolworths; trousers, Zara; watch, Montblanc 1858 Geosphere(Travys Owen)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 07:23 AM IST
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Rainy affair: Binge on these lip-smacking monsoon snacks

Monsoon is incomplete without treats that are just too tempting to resist. Here are some culinary hacks to cook for a flavourful evening.
Piping hot moong dal pakodas are a favourite, especially during the rains.(Photo: Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Piping hot moong dal pakodas are a favourite, especially during the rains.(Photo: Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Updated on Jul 25, 2020 04:42 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySrinidhi Gopalakrishnan, New Delhi

Pre-wedding shoots, parties likely to be allowed at Waste to Wonder park

Spread across seven acres and located at Rajiv Gandhi Smriti Van near Sarai Kale Khan ISBT, the park has replicas of Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower, Pyramids of Giza, Taj Mahal, Statue of Liberty, Colosseum and Christ the Redeemer -- all made out of waste.
Opened in February 2019, the park has become a popular tourist spot. (Photo; Jasjeet Plaha/HT)
Opened in February 2019, the park has become a popular tourist spot. (Photo; Jasjeet Plaha/HT)
Updated on Jul 12, 2020 03:31 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAshish Mishra, New Delhi

Several monuments to reopen today: Time slots, separate entry and exit points

District authorities in Agra have said the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Akbar’s tomb in Sikandra and other monuments will remain closed until further orders as they fall under containment zones.
Some 820 religious places under the ASI were reopened when the government announced a graded exit from the total shutdown under “Unlock1”.(HT photo)
Some 820 religious places under the ASI were reopened when the government announced a graded exit from the total shutdown under “Unlock1”.(HT photo)
Updated on Jul 06, 2020 08:58 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray

Taj Mahal to reopen on July 6 amid relaxations in coronavirus lockdown

The iconic monument which drew tourist on a daily basis wore a deserted look amid the lockdown. Traders and small businessmen who were on the verge of unemployment after the closure of the monument have welcomed the decision of its reopening.
People associated with the World Heritage Site, including guides, shopkeepers, rickshaw drivers, hotels, etc. are hopeful of getting employment once the heritage site reopens.(ANI file photo)
People associated with the World Heritage Site, including guides, shopkeepers, rickshaw drivers, hotels, etc. are hopeful of getting employment once the heritage site reopens.(ANI file photo)
Updated on Jul 03, 2020 11:25 PM IST
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Agra | ByAsian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal

All monuments can be opened from July 4, says Union Tourism Minister

Many monuments which closed even before the lockdown began, are still shut.
A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel stands guard inside the empty premises of the Taj Mahal.(REUTERS)
A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel stands guard inside the empty premises of the Taj Mahal.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 02, 2020 08:24 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by Sabir Hussain

With composure, determination, 97-year-old from Agra beats Covid-19

Covid-19 cases in Agra crossed the 1,000 mark on Wednesday night when the city had recorded an overall of 1,008 positive cases till date, which is highest in state of Uttar Pradesh.
GC Gupta with the team of doctors who treated him at Nayati Hospital in Agra.(Photo by arrangement)
GC Gupta with the team of doctors who treated him at Nayati Hospital in Agra.(Photo by arrangement)
Updated on Jun 13, 2020 01:55 AM IST
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Nod to reopening 820 protected monuments

The list of monuments includes temples, mosques and churches, with 114 monuments in the north region, 155 in central, 170 in the west, 279 in the south and 103 in the eastern circle.
A view of an illuminated Qutub Minar in August 2019.
A view of an illuminated Qutub Minar in August 2019.
Updated on Jun 08, 2020 01:05 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByDeeksha Bhardwaj

Railing of Taj Mahal’s main mausoleum damaged in thunderstorm

ASI Superintending Archaeologist Basant Kumar Swarnkar said some trees on the premises were uprooted and one door was damaged.
The marble railing of the main mausoleum and red sandstone railings suffered damage due to thunderstorm, officials said on Saturday.(PTI)
The marble railing of the main mausoleum and red sandstone railings suffered damage due to thunderstorm, officials said on Saturday.(PTI)
Published on May 31, 2020 09:09 AM IST
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Agra | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by: Prashasti Singh

Taj Mahal’s marble railings damaged as thunderstorm lashes Agra

The storm which left three people dead also toppled trees in the Taj Mahal complex and damaged monument’s main gate.
Part of the railings of the Taj Mahal were dislodged in Friday’s thunderstorm.(HT PHOTO)
Part of the railings of the Taj Mahal were dislodged in Friday’s thunderstorm.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 30, 2020 11:30 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Agra | ByHemendra Chaturvedi| Edited by Sabir Hussain

Culture ministry plans norms for public spaces

According to a senior ministry official aware of the drafting process, the protocols include wearing face masks, thermal screening, social distancing, online purchase of tickets, separate entry and exit points to stop crowding, and access in small batches.
The detailed guidelines are being drafted following a meeting early this week of senior officials and culture minister Prahlad Singh Patel, the official said, adding that they will be sent to the health ministry for approval.(Sanchit Khanna/HT photo)
The detailed guidelines are being drafted following a meeting early this week of senior officials and culture minister Prahlad Singh Patel, the official said, adding that they will be sent to the health ministry for approval.(Sanchit Khanna/HT photo)
Updated on May 22, 2020 04:38 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmrita Madhukalya

In shadow of Covid-19 crisis, Agra stares at long road to recovery

Agra is now in the red zone. It has reported over 500 Covid-19 cases so far and ranks 11th nationwide.
A deserted road in Agra during the nationwide lockdown. The city has reported 500 cases so far(HT Photo)
A deserted road in Agra during the nationwide lockdown. The city has reported 500 cases so far(HT Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2020 03:55 AM IST
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Danish Husain:The post-pandemic world will be a very different place, sans handshakes and hugs

The actor reveals he was in the US when the Covid-19 crisis hit and is now stuck there
Actor Danish Husain’s schedule in the US got affected because of the pandemic
Actor Danish Husain’s schedule in the US got affected because of the pandemic
Updated on Apr 18, 2020 04:10 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRadhika Bhirani

World Heritage Day: Amputated artisans, floating idols, here are some lesser known facts about India’s heritage sites

From the amputated artisans of the Taj Mahal to the floating idols of Konark Sun Temple. Here are some lesser known facts about the UNESCO recognised heritage sites in India.
From the amputated artisans of the Taj Mahal to the floating idols of Konark Sun Temple. Here are some lesser known facts about the UNESCO recognised heritage sites in India.(UNSPLASH)
From the amputated artisans of the Taj Mahal to the floating idols of Konark Sun Temple. Here are some lesser known facts about the UNESCO recognised heritage sites in India.(UNSPLASH)
Updated on Apr 18, 2020 08:56 PM IST
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Taj Mahal to close to visitors over coronavirus fears, says Tourism ministry

The closure of the Taj came as the central bank, after an emergency meeting, said Monday it would boost cash injections into financial markets by one trillion rupees ($13.5 billion) to address the economic impact of the pandemic.
Tourist wear protective masks in wake of the deadly novel coronavirus, at Taj Mahal, in Agra.(PTI file photo)
Tourist wear protective masks in wake of the deadly novel coronavirus, at Taj Mahal, in Agra.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Mar 16, 2020 11:57 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByAgence France-Presse

In a first, free entry for women at ticketed monuments on International Women’s Day

Sharing the information, Superintending Archaeologist of Bengaluru circle, Dr Shivakant Vajpayee told PTI important ticketed monuments in India include Taj Mahal in Agra, Qutub Minar, Lal Qila, and old fort in New Delhi.
Archaeological Survey of India has decided not to charge fees from women visitors to the centrally protected ticketed monuments across the country on the occasion of International Women’s Day(PTI)
Archaeological Survey of India has decided not to charge fees from women visitors to the centrally protected ticketed monuments across the country on the occasion of International Women’s Day(PTI)
Updated on Mar 07, 2020 05:28 PM IST
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Bengaluru | ByPress Trust of India

Iconic tourist spots in India see decline in footfall as positive coronavirus cases rise

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said that there were 28 coronavirus cases in India, including the three in Kerala who were treated and discharged from hospital last month. The number rose to 29 later .
Tourists wear a protective mask in wake of coronavirus, as they visit Taj Mahal, in Agra on Wednesday.(ANI photo)
Tourists wear a protective mask in wake of coronavirus, as they visit Taj Mahal, in Agra on Wednesday.(ANI photo)
Updated on Mar 05, 2020 05:19 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram/Patna/Agra/Jaipur/New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Elderly woman gets separated from family during Taj Mahal visit. How Agra Police helps her

Arga Police took to Twitter to share the incident.
Image shows the elderly woman who was reunited with her family.(Twitter/@agrapolice)
Image shows the elderly woman who was reunited with her family.(Twitter/@agrapolice)
Updated on Mar 04, 2020 05:24 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByTrisha Sengupta

Why Diljit Dosanjh was bowled over by Ivanka Trump’s sense of humour

The US president’s daughter’s fun social media exchange with popular actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh broke the internet. Diljit says her reaction gave him a “great feeling”.
Fans loved the fun conversation between Diljit Dosanjh and Ivanka Trump on social media.
Fans loved the fun conversation between Diljit Dosanjh and Ivanka Trump on social media.
Updated on Mar 02, 2020 06:10 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Melania Trump posts ‘breathtaking’ video of Taj Mahal. Watch

The 47-second-long video shows the Trumps enjoying the beauty of the marvelous creation while strolling across the monument holding hands
Post the visit, Melania Trump shared a video montage of their Taj visit on Twitter.(Twitter/@FLOTUS)
Post the visit, Melania Trump shared a video montage of their Taj visit on Twitter.(Twitter/@FLOTUS)
Updated on Feb 27, 2020 05:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent
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