The move is aimed at preventing too many people from entering the main mausoleum.
Visiting the Taj Mahal just got a bit more expensive. Those visiting the wonder will now have to pay a higher entry fee to gain entry to the monument and the main mausoleum it houses.
Built in the 17the century by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz, the monument prides itself for being one of the seven wonders of the world and also for being India’s most visited tourist spot.
The magnanimity and grand architecture of the monument draw millions of visitors every year from all corners of the world. Figures suggest that the monument attracts around 8 million visitors, the majority of them being Indians.
The large footfall has also raised concerns for sufficient measures to preserve the monument. Experts have also time and again maintained that the marble used in the Taj Mahal is showing cracks.
The authorities have raised the entry fees for the main mausoleum to Rs 250 from Rs 50 in order to prevent too many visitors who could cause irreversible damage to the mausoleum. For foreigners, the fees have increased to $19 from $16.
“We want people to pay more to limit the footfall; this will cut down the number of visitors to the mausoleum by at least 15 to 20 percent and generate revenue for its conservation,” leading English daily The Telegraph quoted a spokesperson from the Archeological Survey of India as saying.
The move comes soon after authorities had announced to introduce a 40,000 visitor cap in January of 2018.
Agra gets a massive footfall of tourists every year also because it is located on the popular Delhi-Agra-Jaipur circuit. It’s proximity to these cities makes it easy to reach the destination in North India. A visit to the Taj Mahal can be clubbed with visiting the majestic Red Fort, the beautiful Mehtab Bagh and Fatehpur Sikri.