On 13th Feb Addressing a press conference, Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma announced the price hike and said the new tickets will be valid only for three hours. As part of efforts to preserve the iconic Taj Mahal for generations to come, the Government on Tuesday announced a hike in price of entry tickets to the Taj Mahal to Rs 50, from the existing Rs 40 and 200 rs extra to see main mausoleum, Taj Mahal to ensure the protection of the built fabric and better crowd management,” the minister said.
The Taj Mahal attracts millions of visitors every year, an average of 22,000 every day. And, during peak tourist season and other occasions, the number of tourists inside the complex crosses 60,000 to 70,000 every day.
As of now, there is no restriction on the number of people entering the iconic monument complex at any point in time. The average footfall at the monument has increased at a rate of 10-15% per annum.
Sharma also said the ministry had taken special steps to ensure the comfort for foreign tourists who pay Rs 1,250 for an entry into the Taj Mahal.
He said separate queues, separate toilets, and a safe corridor will be built for them from the Agra railway station to the Taj in collaboration with the ministry of aviation and road transport ministry.
Taj Mahal, one the seven wonders of the world, was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The monument was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.
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