India’s Taj Mahal has been a magnificent host and attraction for tens of millions of people from around the world, who come around the world to feast their eyes on its magnificence.
Unfortunately, its attraction has taken a turn for the worse as a thick layer of smog has blanketed it along with much of northern India after the country celebrated Diwali. The smog has been classified as hazardous by health organisations, and up till now, there have been no signs of the situation getting better.
Below are some of the pictures of people who visited the Taj Mahal over the weekend and suffered from the smog engulfing the monument and reducing their tour’s experience.
A photo posted by @mariaelisalika on Nov 6, 2016 at 9:37am PST
After the longest travel day I’ve ever had, it was such an amazing experience to see this spectacular monument in the flesh. Unfortunately these photos don’t quite do it justice but I promise it’s somewhere in there behind all that fog! #tajmahal #getitindia #guessiforgottoputthefoglightson
A photo posted by Mat Mason (@showstopper48) on Nov 6, 2016 at 1:13am PST
A photo posted by Eyrún Andrésdóttir (@eeyrun) on Nov 6, 2016 at 1:47am PST
A photo posted by Sandeepbailotia (??????) (@sandeepyadu) on Nov 6, 2016 at 9:25am PST
A photo posted by Randy Dormans (@randor46) on Nov 6, 2016 at 11:03am PST
A photo posted by Brenda Ale Freeman (@arqfreeman) on Nov 6, 2016 at 12:30pm PST
A photo posted by Davide Mori (@mori_davide) on Nov 6, 2016 at 10:18pm PST
Taj Mahal- one of the current man made wonders of the world was worth it. Despite the thick pollution this time of year, it’s pretty amazing to see this in person. Last day in Delhi and the people have showed me a new level of generosity and what it means to live in service. Excited for the next two weeks for the meditation retreat at One World Academy #tajmahal #india #delhi
A photo posted by Lewis Howes (@lewishowes) on Nov 6, 2016 at 7:49am PST
A photo posted by Stephanie ?? (@stepheebs) on Nov 6, 2016 at 8:03pm PST
A photo posted by Srujan Bokka (@srujantg) on Nov 6, 2016 at 10:08pm PST
A photo posted by Heather Keywood-Mistry (@heav_km) on Nov 6, 2016 at 9:13am PST
A photo posted by Ben (@monsieuralbert) on Nov 6, 2016 at 3:12am PST
India’s wave of smog has been pinned on a practice called crop burning in a recent report by NASA. It’s capital, New Delhi, has been one of the most affected areas.
The situation has deteriorated to such a level that on Sunday, the Delhi government in the state after . Still, the air quality is static at a dangerous 900 AQI PM2.5 level, more than 15 times the safe limit set by the government.
Life in India’s capital has been affected severely, with over 1,800 schools shut down and all construction work suspended. Many experts are comparing the situation with a very similar one in London in 1952 which killed roughly 4,000 people.
Have you been affected by the smog?