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Covid cases increase in Agra, and the Taj Mahal’s ticket counters close.

Due to an increase in Covid cases, ticket counters at the Taj Mahal in Agra will be closed indefinitely beginning Wednesday, January 5. Tickets can only be purchased online at this time. 

As the number of Covid cases in Agra continues to rise, the Taj Mahal’s ticket counters will be closed indefinitely beginning Wednesday, January 5. To visit the monument, only online tickets are available. 

Due to the high number of tourists visiting the Taj Mahal, which can reach 30,000-40,000 on weekends, the district administration has directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to implement crowd-control measures, including the closure of offline ticket counters at all Agra monuments. 

According to ASI sources, while entry tickets to the Taj Mahal can now only be purchased online, a special ticket for Rs 200 to enter the monument’s main dome can be purchased at a new counter set up at the entrance to the main dome. 

Covid cases in Agra have skyrocketed in the last three days, with the total number of active cases reaching 113 on Tuesday, up from 29 on January 1, 2022. 

Although there were no Omicron cases in Agra in December, the highly infectious viral strain appears to have arrived. The last three days account for the majority of active cases, with 84 cases out of a total of 113 active cases discovered during these three days. 

The offline ticket counters were only recently opened, on November 27 for the Taj Mahal and on December 1 for the rest of the monuments. Almost a quarter of all ticket sales were made at the counters. 

These ticket counters have now been closed once more, with no indication that they will be reopened anytime soon. 

According to Vishal Sharma, secretary of the Agra Tourist Welfare Chamber, the Taj Mahal will be closed for the first time on March 17, 2020, due to Covid. It reopened on September 21, 2020, but closed again on April 16, 2021, during the second wave. It reopened on June 16, 2021, but the offline ticket counters did not open until November 27, 2021. 

Covid cases increase in Agra, and the Taj Mahal’s ticket counters close.

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