As ASI monuments reopen across India after coronavirus pandemic, tourists stay away

Delhi's Tourism landmarks remain deserted after pandemic



July 7, 2020

/ By / New Delhi

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Delhi Tourism monuments, under the control of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) reopened across the country on Monday, after having remained closed for over three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Media India Group observed the response of tourists at some key monuments in New Delhi such as Qutb Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Safdarjung’s Tomb, Sundar Nursery and Jama Masjid for the first two days and found that practically all the monuments remained deserted. One of the primary reasons behind the poor response could be that hotels in Delhi are still shut thus the city can not expect any tourists unless these are allowed to open. Also, many of these monuments are very popular with foreign tourists as well, who again are not allowed to travel to India in view of the ban on all international flights. While the ASI had made adequate preparations to receive tourists, such as provision, at the entrance of each monument, of hand sanitisers and digital thermometres to check for fever. There were also markings to indicate social distance to be maintained at the entrance. The ASI has also done away with ticket counters and every tourist visiting the monuments has to book tickets online.

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