The Taj Mahal is breathtaking. Considered one of the new seven wonders of the world, upwards of 70,000 visitors make their way to see it every day. But soon, authorities in India may limit guests to its most famous national treasure. The Archeological Survey of India, which protects India’s most visited landmarks, suggests limiting tourists through the gates of the Taj Mahal to just 40,000 a day. That’s just over half of what the site regularly receives on an average Saturday or Sunday. Recently, overcrowding at the site has led to several injuries, and too much foot-traffic is causing the grounds to degrade. It’s currently under a nine-year renovation, which will restore some of its color that has deteriorated due to pollution. The planned restriction will only affect domestic tourists for the time being, but since other world wonders like Machu Picchu are already beginning to limit how people visit, it might be wise to put the Taj Mahal at the top of your list.
1. What is THE most famous national treasure of India?
2. How many people visit the Taj Mahal on an average Sunday?
3. What do you think about the fact that the restriction would only affect domestic tourists?
4. Would you like to visit the Taj Mahal as soon as possible? Why or why not?
"Visiting exotic, not-so-famous places is better than visiting popular, famous places."
Do you agree?
Why do you think so?