TAJ MA­HAL IMPOSES THREE-HOUR LIMIT

The Daily Telegraph - Travel - - FRONT PAGE - Edited by Hugh Mor­ris

Over­crowd­ing at fa­mous land­marks ( see Chris Moss, right) has spurred In­dian author­i­ties to im­pose a three-hour limit on vis­it­ing the Taj Ma­hal, pos­si­bly the world’s most fa­mous build­ing. As many as 50,000 peo­ple a day, and up to seven mil­lion a year, can ar­rive at the 17th-cen­tury tomb, ac­cord­ing to the Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey of In­dia (ASI), which man­ages the Unesco World Her­itage Site in Agra.

“[The limit] is be­ing im­ple­mented so that the move­ment of vis­i­tors can be reg­u­lated,” said D N Dimri, a spokesman for the ASI. “Some­times peo­ple end up spend­ing a whole day at the Taj. This cre­ates a sit­u­a­tion where there are too many peo­ple.”

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