The Taj Mahal is a wonder of the world and attracts thousands and thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. A good number of tourists visit Agra during the full moon period just to witness the beauty of the Taj Mahal by moonlight. Those who have seen the monument bathed in moonlight swear by its beauty!
However, relevant authorities have closed moonlight viewing to tourists during Ramzan. Tickets for the night sighting are available one day in advance at the Archaeological Survey of India office in Agra. Muslims visit the mosque inside the Taj Mahal to offer the namaz which takes place late at night during the month of Ramzan.
Vishal Sharma, secretary of the Agra Chamber of Tourism Welfare, said the night view of the Taj Mahal is a special occasion, but the doors are now only open for those who offer the night
namaz. He further informed that identity cards are given to Muslims coming to offer
namaz at the mosque.
This month’s full moon is April 16 and according to Supreme Court orders, the night view of the Taj should start from April 14. But, because of Ramzan, the night view was canceled this month.
It was in 2004 that the authorities of the Taj launched the night vision of the activity of the Taj Mahal. A 30-minute slot is granted to 50 tourists each, from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are available two nights before and two nights after the full moon night.