Taj Mahal is considered as one of the finest specimens of the Mughal architecture. Now, if you are planning to see the main mausoleum at the Taj Mahal you need to buy an additional ticket of Rs 200 from today. Yes, now you have to give some extra money to enter the beautiful monument as the entry fees have been increased.
Vasant Swarnkar, Archaeological Survey of India’s chief archaeological in Agra, said domestic visitors will have to pay Rs. 250 and foreign visitors Rs 1,300 to see the main mausoleum at the 17th-century monument. The visitors from SAARC countries will have to pay Rs. 740 instead of Rs. 540. The new ticketing system will also help in reducing the footfall on the main structure.
Earlier, four months ago, the union culture ministry had increased entry fee to the Taj Mahal. From August 8, entry tickets to the Taj Mahal were hiked from Rs 1000 to Rs 1100 for foreign tourists and Rs 40 to Rs 50 for domestic tourists. The visitors from SAARC countries, the ticket cost was increased to Rs. 540 including Rs. 500 toll tax charged by Agra Development Authority (ADA).
The visitors who would be buying Rs. 50 ticket would be allowed to move around the Taj and see the rear side, Yamuna riverfront at the back, but would not be able to enter the main mausoleum.
The culture minister Mahesh Sharma said in February, “We need to preserve the Taj Mahal for the generations to come. A separate ticket of Rs 200 will be needed to enter into the main mausoleum at the Taj Mahal, to ensure better crowd management and protection of the area.”
In 1983, Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was cited as the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.