Did you know that the famous Taj Mahal monument in India has been undergoing restoration work? The Archaeological Survey of India has been hard at work utilizing modern technology and traditional cleaning and restoration methods to remove decades of dirt and repair damages. So far, the process has been a great success, efficiently bringing the beautiful monument back to glory.
Visitors will notice differences in color between the polished portion in the front of the monument and the Dome, which has not yet been cleaned. The major cleaning work on the last (4th) Minaret and the front portion of the Taj Mahal has been completed and the scaffolding has been removed. Guests are now able to take uninterrupted pictures of the complete monument.
The remaining cleaning will take place in phases as listed below. The final step is the cleaning of the decades of grime through a series of mud baths using Fullers Earth – a mud paste that absorbs dirt and impurities – leaving the monument shimmering in its original, pristine white glory. The final phase is to be completed by the end of November 2018.
|Area of the work||Probable timeline for execution of the work||Completions of work|
|Southern Façade, Taj Mahal||June to August’2017||completed|
|South East Minaret, Taj Mahal||June to August’2017||completed|
|South West façade, Taj Mahal||June to August’2017||completed|
|Northern Façade, Taj Mahal||August to October’2017||completed|
|Western Façade, Taj Mahal||October to December’2017||completed|
|Wall of peripheri, Sheesh Mahal, Taj Mahal||November’2017 to January’2018||completed|
|Four Chhatri’s at roof of main mausoleum, Taj Mahal||January 2018 to April’2018||completed|
|Pinnacle and Dome, Taj Mahal||May to November’2018
UPDATE Dome restoration and cleaning has been postponed to 2019 with no official start or end date announced.