Tickets To Visit Taj Mahal Hiked Five Times To Limit Visitors

The Logical Indian Crew India

December 14th, 2018 / 4:26 PM

Taj Mahal Entry Fee

Image Credit: Wikimedia

Entry fee for Indian visitors to the Taj Mahal has been increased fivefold. This is part of the government’s initiative to bring down the number of visitors and reduce damage to one of the most iconic monuments reported The Telegraph. Earlier the entry was Rs 50 for Indians. However, now the price to enter the main mausoleum, which consists of artistic replicas of the graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, is raised to Rs 250. On the Rs 50 ticket, visitors can move around the Taj, see the rear side of the monument and the Yamuna river at following at the back.


Five-fold increase

As per The Guardian, on an average 10,000-15,000 people visit the Taj Mahal daily, the majority of them being Indians.  Ticket for Indian citizens has been raised from 50 rupees to 250 rupees for the main mausoleum, effective from last Monday.

Ticket price for international visitors except for those from SAARC and BIMSTEC nations will now be Rs 1,300. And for citizens of SAARC nations, the price has been raised from Rs 540 to 740.

The entry ticket to the Taj Mahal is valid for only three hours, post which a new ticket will have to be purchased. The entry for children below 15 will be free. Additional discount on tickets will be provided for online booking.


Earlier attempts to limit footfall

A spokesperson from the Archaeological Survey of India, the government body responsible for maintenance of the Taj Mahal said “We want people to pay more to limit the footfall. This (increase in ticket prices) will cut down the number of visitors to the mausoleum by at least 15-20% and generate revenue for its conservation”.

A few months back, in an attempt to restrict to limit the footfall the number of tourists was restricted to 40,000 per day. Before the restriction, as many as 70,000 people visited the monument daily on weekends and holidays.

According to experts, a huge flow of visitors is causing irreversible damage to the marble floor, walls, and foundations.

Authorities have been looking for various ways to stop the white marble from turning yellow because of rising pollution levels in Agra.

Yamuna River which flows alongside the monument is highly polluted and insects from the river damage the Taj Mahal by excreting on its surface. The site is also damaged by monkeys who climb up the façade of the monument.

In July this year, the Supreme Court threatened to either shut down or tear down the monument over the failure of the authorities to protect it from degradation, as reported by The Telegraph.


Also Read: SC Angry Over UP Govt Allowing Factories To Expand Near Taj Mahal; Threatens To Demolish It If Not Restored


Contributors

Written by : Uday Bhanu (Intern)

Edited by : Shraddha Goled

Related Stories

Ghazipur Garbage Dump

Delhi: Ghazipur Garbage Dump Set To Become Taller Than Taj Mahal By 2020

Small Medium Businesses Relief

In A Relief To Small Businesses: GST Exemption Limit Hiked To Rs 40 Lakh From Rs 20 Lakh

Polio Vaccine Govt Fund

Polio Vaccine Price Hiked; Govt Seeks Rs 100 Crore From A Foreign Donor

SC Angry Over UP Govt Allowing Factories To Expand Near Taj Mahal; Threatens To Demolish It If Not Restored

After Fuel Hike, Non-Subsidised LPG Was Hiked By ₹48; Subsidised By ₹2.34

Bombay HC Asks State Govt To Reduce Food Prices At Cinema Halls, Allow Visitors To Carry Personal Food Items

Latest on The Logical Indian

Awareness

Frantic Desperation As Water Crisis Worsens: Woman Stabbed By Neighbour Over Water Dispute In Tamil Nadu

Get Inspired

93 Students From Telangana’s Tribal & Social Welfare Schools Prove Their Mettle By Cracking JEE-Advanced

Exclusive

RRB7 Candidates Brave Financial Difficulties As Case Remains Unheard, IBPS Announces New Recruitment

News

Bihar: 20 Children Die Of Encephalitis In 24 Hours, Death Toll Rises To Staggering 93

News

Bihar: Heatwave Claims 17 Lives On Sunday, Taking The Death Toll To 61

News

In A First, Lucknow Uses Its Plastic Waste To Construct Roads

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.