The Rajasthan government has announced that with restrictions being lifted under Lockdown 5.0, it will be reopening monuments under its archaeology and museum department for tourists. Starting from Monday, 1st June 2020 All monuments—except those in containment zones and curfew areas—are now open four days a week for two weeks. Hours will be staggered at first, but from the third week onward, tourists will be able to visit the monuments daily.
Tourism stakeholders have welcomed the government decision to allow reopening of these places but are also concerned as the coronavirus outbreak is still raging.
On the first day of reopening, the tourism department organised cultural performance by folk artistes at 32 monuments in the state including in capital city. It was to mark the reopening of the monuments.
Starting June 1, from when the Centre”s Unlock 1 guidelines come into force, monuments, except those falling in the containment or curfew areas, will open four days a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) for the first two weeks and social-distancing protocols will be followed properly.
Tourist travel timing is kept between 9 am to 2 pm in the first week and from 9 am to 1 pm and then 3 pm to 5 pm in second week. They will open daily from the third week. Entry to the 32 ticketed monuments is free in the first and the second week, and 50 per cent ticket amount will be charged from third week, the official said.
Tourism is the lifeline of Rajasthan and a key industry. Reopening of monuments will help the trade and those earning their livelihood from the tourism sector.
The re-opening will also delight the local travellers who are locked down in their homes and wish to visit these monuments.