Rajasthan closes monuments, shrines, wildlife sanctuaries and other sites

Like numerous other Indian cities, Rajasthan’s Jaipur city has also shut down all its historical monuments consisting of the Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar and other places from March 18, in its attempt to curb the transmittal of Coronavirus among the city’s residents.

Not just Jaipur, but the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has also closed 224 protected sites in Rajasthan until March 30. With all the legendary tourist sites shut down in the wake of COVID-19, foreign and domestic tourists will now have to automatically reschedule their trip to the royal state.

The state’s lockdown has impacted the tourism industry, which flourishes on tourist activities in Rajasthan. Apparently, the tourism sector has been suffering since February when Coronavirus move into the state.

VS Badiger, ASI superintending archaeologist, Jodhpur Circle, told the press that safety measures have been taken to wipe off Coronavirus in the state. Since, a lot of ASI sites in Rajasthan witness the entrance of numerous tourists and locals, they have been shut down for now to control the pandemic.

Officials limited the entry of tourists in the afternoon of March 18 soon after getting the orders. Several destinations in Rajasthan thrive on hospitality and tourism, thus, they will have to bear the brunt of this official decision till the condition returns to normalcy.

Apparently, Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, get about 8,000 to 10,000 tourists even on a regular day. On the other hand, Chittorgarh and Kumbhalgarh forts receive 8,000 and 3,000 visitors respectively on a regular basis. In Ajmer, Adhai Din ka Jhopra and Baradari have been closed. The Ajmer Sharif Dargah has not been shut yet, but the Dargah authorities are spreading knowledge about COVID-19.

In Nathdwara, the shrines of Shri Nathji, Shri Priyaji and Shri Manmohanji have been shut down for visitors. Limitations on tourist visits have also been put in the border area of Tanot. Also, the forest department has stopped tourist safaris to the Ranthambore National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve and Jhalana Leopard Safari Park.

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