Entry fee to Taj Mahal other monuments hiked from today

  • | Wednesday | 8th August, 2018

The entry fee to the Taj Mahal and other ASI protected monuments across the country was hiked in April 2016.For “B” category monuments, the rates have been increased from Rs 15 to Rs 25 for Indians and from Rs 200 to Rs 300 for foreigners.The ministry has also provided discount for cashless payment. AGRA: Visitors to Taj Mahal, both domestic and foreign, will have to shell out an extra Rs 10 and Rs 100 respectively, from Wednesday as ASI has hiked the entry fee to the monument, as part of an entry ticket rate revision of 16 protected monuments, including six world heritage sites in Agra and Delhi. A Rs 10 hike has also been imposed on tourists from SAARC countries According to notification issued by Ministry of Culture on August 1, a foreign tourist will have to now pay Rs 1100, including the Rs 500 toll tax collected by Agra Development Authority (ADA), while domestic tourists will have to pay Rs 50, instead of the earlier Rs 40, visitors from SAARC countries will have to pay Rs 540, including the Rs 500 toll tax charged by ADA.This will be the second hike in entry fee at Taj in the last two and a half years. Indian tourists will have to pay Rs 5 less than the hiked ticket cost and foreign tourists will get the discount of Rs 50 per ticket in both A and B category monuments, if tickets are booked online.In Agra, “A” category monuments include the three world heritage sites of Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort, while there are five “B” category ASI protected ticketed monuments including Akbar’s Tomb Sikandra, Mariyam Tomb Sikandra, Ram Bagh, Itmad-ud-Daula and Mehtab Bagh.Prices of entry tickets have been increased at eight other monuments in Delhi including Qutub Minar, and Red Fort, which are in A category, and Jantar Mantar, Khan-i-Khana, Purana Qila, Tughluqabad Fort, Kotla Ferozshah and Saidarjung Tomb, which fall in the ‘B’’ category.The ASI had issued a preliminary notification to raise the ticket prices at its monuments on December 22, 2017 and had set a 45-day window to accept objections or suggestions from the public.

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