AGRA: Ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra on Sunday, preparations are on in full swing to welcome the dignitary. It is during those preparations that a huge lapse by the Archeological department came to light. A big beehive right at the Royal Gate fell off after which thousands of bees were seen hovering in the area.
Soon after, there was chaos at the heritage monument as visitors panicked and attempted to run away from the bees.
Acting swiftly, the officials of the department removed the bees. Meanwhile, visitors were made to take a different route to visit the world wonder.
President Emmanuel Macron is scheduled to visit the Taj at 5:10 pm after which he will be flying back to Delhi at around 6:10 pm. The sale of tickets for visitors was closed after 3 pm on Sunday and the monument was shut for public at 4pm.
After his visit to Agra, President Macron will head to Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on March 12. He, along with PM Modi, will inaugurate a solar plant in Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier in the day, the French President Emmanuel Macron announced an additional 700 million euros investment for solar-energy at the first International Solar Alliance (ISA) summit in Delhi and called for "joint duties" for a "planet that has to be shared".
Macron along with PM Modi co-hosted the first ISA summit at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, in the presence of the heads of 23 nations and 10 ministerial representatives.