India's most popular tourist attraction the Taj Mahal puts a 3-hour limit on both local and inbound visitors starting from April 1st,a move to adapt the accommodation to the need of population management and protect the landmark of India.
A female visitor sitting in front of the splendid Taj Mahal
This was the message from a spokesperson for the Archaeological Survey of India, which oversees the Taj Mahal. This iconic site embraces at least 7 million travelers each year, averaging 50,000 daily. There is always a huge crowd of visitors who spend too much time in the monument.
According to CNN, this measure aims to reduce the visitors flow. Day by day, the amount of visitors is increasing continuously. Putting on this measure was to avoid the occurrence of tragic accidents. "Sometimes people end up spending a whole day at the Taj. This creates a situation where there are too many people."the spokesman D. N. Dimri told CNN.
The 3-hour limit has come into force officially, applying to both local and international visitors. The India government has not limited the overall number of visitors entering the hotspot recently, which is under discussion about the possibility.
In the middle of 17th century, the Taj Mahal was commissioned by the Mughal emperor for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died from difficult labor.