The number of local visitors to the famous Taj Mahal will be limited in attempt to preserve the iconic India's monument.
India is considering imposing a daily limit of 40,000 on the number of domestic tourists permitted to visit the 17th-century monument. Visitors may also be restricted to three hours within the Mughal-era complex under proposals by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) being examined by the Indian tourism ministry.
The restrictions will not apply to foreigners, who pay 1,000 rupees ($16) to enter. The entrance fee for Indian visitors is normally 40 rupees, but they can buy the more expensive ticket if they wish to get away with the restriction.
According to the experts, the massive crowds increase wear and tear on the white marble tomb, which already undergoes regular cleaning to stop it from turning yellow due to polluted air.
The daily visitors to the Taj Mahal average ranges from 10,000-15,000 but can be much higher on the weekends, going up to approximately 70,000 people. Nearly 6.5 million visited the monument in 2016, according to government figures.