The Taj Mahal is an iconic landmark, drawing in tens of thousands of visitors every day who come to see the white mausoleum and its spectacular architecture.
But now, tourists who spend too long admiring the UNESCO World Heritage Site could end up facing hefty fines.
The Times of India reports that new rules are coming into force on Sunday where tourists will be given three-hour slots to explore the landmark.
If they exceed the limit, they will face extra fees by having to buy a completely new ticket.
In fact, a series of gates have reportedly been installed at the site, so tourists can essentially clock in and out.
If they overstay their welcome, the time will be noted at the exit gates and they will face the extra fees.
Timekeeping will also be key if you want to get in – tickets will come with alloted time slots, and if you arrive late then you won't be allowed entry and will once again be forced to buy another ticket.
The site's Superintending Archaeologist, ASI (Agra circle), Vasant Swarankar told the Times of India: "If tourists exceed their time limit of three hours, they will be charged an extra amount equivalent to the ticket, which will have to be paid at the exit gate.
"Entry time will also be enforced and if tourists don't arrive at the slotted time, they will not be allowed entry and will have to buy a new ticket."
The new rules could be a way of combating over-tourism and managing the crowds of tourists who descend upon the site.
It's not the only destination to be taking measures to control visitors.
Rome unveiled a whole host of new rules for tourists this week such as banning wheelie suitcases from the Spanish Steps and forbidding visitors to wander around topless.
Some of the restrictions were oddly specific too, for example if you drink from a water fountain, you won't be allowed to let your lips touch the metal spout.
Meanwhile some sites around the world have been forced to close to visitors such as Thailand's stunning Maya Bay, made famous when it served as the location for The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
The bay has been closed to tourists until 2021 in a bid to give the environment time to recover from the damage caused by mass tourism.
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