Taj city shivers at four degrees

December 16th, 2011 - 1:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Agra, Dec 16 (IANS) It is freezing cold in the city of the Taj Mahal these days, with the minimum temperature on the last two nights hovering around 4 degrees Celsius.

“Though the day is bright, the abrupt fall in the night temperature is causing a lot of hardships to people who have to catch trains or be on the roads for some work,” said Sudhir Gupta, a resident of the city’s Vijay Nagar colony.

A misty layer enveloped the city early Friday morning, but as the day progressed, sun rays brought some relief.

Winter chill has, however, not deterred tourists visiting the city.

“The holiday season has begun and we expect the number of tourists to steeply shoot up. Agra this year has proved to be a popular destination for the domestic tourists and the number of foreign visitors also has increased,” says Rakesh Chauhan, president of the Agra Hotels and Restaurants Association.

Last week, the daily average number of visitos to the Taj crossed 20,000. In 2010, more than five million tourists visited the Taj Mahal.

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