Millions of mostly Indian tourists visit the Taj Mahal every year and their numbers are increasing steadily as domestic travel becomes easier. The Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth in 1631. The decision to restrict visitors comes after five visitors were injured in the crush on the last day of the year, which often attracts large crowds. Daily visitor numbers to the Taj Mahal average 10,000-15,000 but can be much higher at weekends, going up to around 70,000. The Taj Mahal has attracted world leaders and royalty including former US President Bill Clinton.
Source: Daily Nation January 03, 2018 10:52 UTC