The Taj Mahal, which brings millions of visitors to India each year, is about to get a makeover. Its features have been limited for years, but the new changes will be a breath of fresh air for tourists. Since the structure is truly beautiful to see after dark, one upcoming change will be night viewing hours. However, viewing will only be permitted from a safe distance. In addition to evening viewing hours, the proposed project will include a boating facility on the River Yamuna and a cycling track spanning a distance of eight kilometres around the Taj Mahal. Suggestions have also been made to add more greenery, nature trails and bird habitats to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the surrounding area. All of these changes are part of a large-scale attempt to boost Agra’s tourism.
Tourism rates were rising consistently before 2007 in Uttar Pradesh. The Taj Mahal itself still brings over 2.5 million visitors each year, but the annual totals have not been rising as much since then. In recent years, several other changes have been made to bring more tourists. After noticing that up to 25 people per day had to be turned away because the building was not accessible to handicapped tourists, the government decided to make some changes in 2008. Various ramps were added to allow visitors to enter the monument. Most tourists bring their own motorised wheelchairs, but the Taj Mahal has several traditional wheelchairs available for the public to use. Although this change did bring more visitors, many people still do not know that the structure is accessible to all.
Whether tourists have seen the Taj Mahal before or still have not experienced its beauty, these new changes make it an accessible and ideal destination for anyone. With the upcoming night viewing hours, visitors who have been limited to enjoy its beauty during day hours can now see how magnificent it looks under the moonlight. For those who are not familiar with the Taj Mahal, it is one of the largest and most ornate mausoleums ever built. It was constructed in 1632 as a monument to Emperor Shah Jahan’s wife. An old myth suggests that beating on the finial’s shadow will bring water. This has not been proven, but it is still possible to find broken bangles there. With its many other myths and mysteries, the Taj Mahal is still the most intriguing attraction in India.