The district administration of the Taj City has recently announced that all the historic monuments in Agra except the iconic Taj Mahal and Red Fort (Agra Fort) will reopen from September 01, 2020. These monuments were closed in the last week of March following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Owing to the weekly lockdown in the state all the monuments will remain closed on weekends i.e. Saturday and Sunday.
To contain the spread of coronavirus wearing of masks and social distancing is mandatory. Monuments that will reopen from September 01 onwards include Mughal Gardens such as Aram Bagh and Mehtab Bagh from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Taj, tomb of Mariam-Uz-Zamani, historic town of Fatehpur Sikri, Chini ka Rauza, mausoleum for Akbar’s queen consort, Sikandra among other attractions. Monuments in Agra give untold opportunities to the visitors to explore the architecture, stone work, inlay work, marble embroidery, woodwork and other examples of man’s artistic ingenuity that has gone into its making.
According to the data released by Uttar Pradesh Tourism district-wise in 2019, Agra ranks first on Foreign tourist visits and second on Domestic tourist visits. If we look at the footfall of tourists in Agra in 2019 then the number of local visitors were 9,185,808 and foreign visitors were 1,680,476.
However two iconic monuments that attract a huge number of visitors from across the globe - the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort will remain closed for now. Also no decisions have been taken about the reopening of educational institutions. The city hoteliers are also gearing up for the next tourist season beginning mid-September. Besides, the restaurants have also been reopened in the city. Though mobility remains restricted but from September onwards life would start limping back to normalcy.
Till now Uttar Pradesh has reported 19,7388 confirmed cases. There is a surge in the number of coronavirus cases as traffic mobility increased following the reopening of markets, restaurants, and gyms. The number of fatalities due to COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh has reached 3,059 so far. The number of recovered patients stands at 14,4754 in the state. If you want to know the state-wise coronavirus outbreak in India check real-time COVID-19 updates.
Though the crisis isn’t over yet and doesn’t seem to end anytime soon but being grounded at one place for months is certainly depressing. We all have to get used to the new normal and move out by following the safety protocols to contain the spread of coronavirus. That’s all for today! Keep reading the Trainman blog to know the latest updates on railways and COVID-19 virus. For a quick ticket booking experience book your train tickets through Trainman app. Download Trainman App and check PNR Status of the ticket booked, Seat Availability, Train Inquiry and a lot more exciting features.