Agra, August 8: Now domestic, and foreigner visitors to Taj Mahal will have to pay an extra Rs 10, and Rs 100 respectively from today as ASI has revised the entry fee to the monument. According to a Times of India report, a Rs 10 hike has been imposed on tourists from SAARC countries. This will be the second hike in entry fee to Taj Mahal, and other ASI protected monuments in the last two, and a half-years.
A foreign tourist will have to shell out Rs 1100, including the Rs 500 toll tax collected by Agra Development Authority (ADA), domestic tourists will have to pay Rs 50, instead of the earlier Rs 40. On the other hand, visitors from SAARC Countries will have to pay Rs 540, including Rs 500 toll tax charged by ADA. On the other hand, for B Category monuments, the rates have increased from Rs 15 to Rs 25 for Indians, and from Rs 200 to Rs 300 for foreigners. There will be an additional discount for cashless payments, which includes paying online.
In Agra, the A category monuments will include three world heritage sites of Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, and Agra Fort. The five “B” category ASI protected ticketed monuments include Akbar’s Tomb Sikandra, Mariyam Tomb Sikandra, Ram Bagh, Itmad-ud-Daula, and Mehtab Bagh. The Supreme Court recently expressed its anger, and disgust over the government's indifference, and apathy towards protecting the Taj Mahal, and warned the government that it may have to step in, and shut the monument down if it fails to act.