The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has decided to reopen all centrally protected monuments from 16 June. All the monuments across India were shut down after the country was hit by the deadly second wave. Now, after two months, the monuments will be welcoming tourists from Wednesday.
There are around 3600 centrally-protected monuments in India, including the world famous Taj Mahal. India also has nearly 50 national galleries and museums that are also centrally-protected. All these will open their doors to visitors on 16 June, reports the Times of India.
ASI said that the reopening will follow strict orders by the state and District Disaster Management Authorities. All the health and safety guidelines issued by authorities will be followed.
On 15 April the ASI and the India's Ministry of Culture decided to shut all centrally protected monuments and museums in the country due to Covid-19 second wave. Now, months later, the Taj Mahal and thousands of other monuments will reopen to tourists.
However, people will have to book their entry tickets online as offline booking facilities are shut for the time being, an ASI official said.