New Delhi Correspondent
Starting Monday (December 10), one has to shell out more money to enter the main mausoleum at the Taj Mahal, the 17th century white marble monument of love.
Vasant Swarnakar, Archaeological Survey of India’s chief archaeologist in Agra, said visitors from SAARC countries will have to pay Rs 740 instead of Rs 540 at present to enter the mausoleum.
Domestic Indian visitors will have to shell out Rs 250 and non-SAARC foreign visitors Rs 1,300 to see the mausoleum.
The new ticketing prices are aimed at reducing the footfalls and consequently the human load on the main structure of the Taj Mahal which is already threatened by air pollution.
Visitors who buy the Rs 50 ticket would not be allowed to enter the mausoleum but would be able to move around the Taj and see the rear side, the Yamuna river at the back.
The Taj became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 and was cited as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.