With over a month of lockdown that is most likely to get extended, India has witnessed a ‘never seen before’ situation along with the rest o the world. The spread of Covid-19 has hit the tourism and hospitality sector the hardest, which is evident from the before and after lockdown pictures of some popular tourist destinations in the country. Take a look:
Taj Mahal, Agra
A part of the global identity of India, Taj Mahal has always been overflowing with visitors, both domestic and foreign. The Mughal architectural marvel used to attract as many as 6.9 million tourists in a year.
However, the nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19 has left the monument in a deserted state, something that has never happened before.
Gateway of India, Mumbai
Gateway of India has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the economic capital of India, Mumbai. Built in the early 20th century, the arch-monument used to attract a vast number of tourists during its days of glory.
Post lockdown, Gateway of India look like this.
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
The centre of all the hustle and bustle in Jaipur, Hawa Mahal has been a marvel that no person visiting India want to miss. The majestic monument was visited by as many as 6,000 people every single day.
Post lockdown, the only visitors Hawa Mahal has been receiving are law enforcement personnel who are keeping vigil should anyone try to break lockdown norms.
Howrah Bridge, Kolkata
The lifeline of Kolkata, Howrah Bridge holds great historical and cultural significance. The bridge has been associated with the identity of Kolkata for so long, and has always remained super-crowded.
However, lockdown has rendered the iconic bridge bleak and desolate.
Char Minar, Hyderabad
The heart of Hyderabad, Char Minar has been one of the most visited tourist spots in the City of Pearls. Due to its location and the market that surrounds it, Char Minar has always been flooded with people.
The lockdown, however, has not been very kind to the architectural marvel. This is how the ever-busy lanes surrounding Char Minar look now.
We hope that once Covid-19 is eliminated, these monuments will once again be visited by a large number of visitors.
Last modified: April 28, 2020