The Taj gets a breather.

Speaking of site preservation, the Indian government has announced that as of this month, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, is restricting the number of visitors allowed inside the building. A UNESCO World Heritage site and India’s most recognizable icon, the Taj draws about 8 million (international and local) visitors annually and about 60,000 per day. “Sometimes people end up spending a whole day at the Taj,” said a spokesman for the Archaeological Survey of India. “This creates a situation where there are too many people [inside].”

The new rule limits visitors to three hours inside the monument, ample time to see the Taj at leisure.

Conservation concerns are also behind the change. Over the past four centuries, since Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built the tomb to honor his favorite wife, the site has been negatively impacted by air pollution and foot traffic. The new rules should help the situation.

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