Taj Mahal to soon remain open for tourists all night

Soon, visitors will be able to access Taj Mahal even at night. “Taj Mahal will remain open beyond its 10:00 am to 6:00 pm public access time. We have been receiving a lot of requests to keep the monument open during the night hours. We are dedicated to make this a reality,” said Union Tourism and Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel.

At present night access to the monument was allowed at a premium only for five nights in a month – on full moon night and on the two nights preceding and following the full moon. Only 400 tourists — 8 batches of 50 people — are allowed on these nights for which Rs. 510 per adult is charged, while a single child ticket costs Rs. 500. Foreign nationals have to pay Rs. 750 each.

The tourism ministry is also planning to illuminate the area around the monument and develop other infrastructure required to deal with night rush.