India icon deals with overwhelming popularity
(CNN) — Like many of the world’s most famous attractions, the Taj Mahal has been coping with the effects of overtourism.
Currently, the Taj is open from sunrise to sunset every day except Friday.
The new move will provide additional opportunities for visitors to explore the Taj Mahal, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1983.
In addition to being able to accommodate more visitors by being open on selected nights, visitors will also have a chance to see a different side of the Taj — bathed in moonlight, offsetting the white marble.
Built at the order of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century, the Taj Mahal is widely considered one of the world’s foremost attractions and is the single-most visited tourist destination in all of India.
This is not the first time that changes have been implemented to care for the Taj in the face of overtourism.
In order to book tickets for these full-moon nights, guests must contact the Archaeological Survey of India Office at 22 Mall Road in Agra or by telephone at +91 562 222 7261.
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