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Taj to open at full moon

INDIA MAY finally be getting serious about attract-ing more foreign tourists. The Taj Mahal, which is open regularly during daylight hours, is to open for viewing on nights of a full or almost full moon, after a 15-year hiatus.

More than two million tourists visit the Taj every year, 600,000 of them from abroad. But tour operators have been clamouring for the monument to be opened again at night. At last they are to get their way.

Uttar Pradesh's Minister of Tourism, Ashok Yadav, has announced that the monument will open at night for five nights per month.