If you are planning to visit Taj Mahal in near future, you will ahve to pay more money than previously as the entry fees has been hiked. Both domestic and foreign tourists will have to shell out extra Rs 10 and Rs 100 respectively to get the entry ticket. This means that now Indians will have to pay Rs 50 and foreign tourists will have to pay Rs 1100 for entry.
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has hiked the entry fee of the historic monument as part of the entry ticket rate revision of 17 protected monuments which also includes 6 heritage in Agra and Delhi.
On August 1, the Ministry of Culture issued a notification stating that the foreign tourists will now have to shell out Rs 1100, including the Rs 500 toll tax collected by Agra Development Authority (ADA) while the domestic tourists will pay Rs 50 as against Rs 40. The new rates are already applicable from August 8.
This hike has been happened for the second time in last two and a half years. ASI had raised the entry fee in April 2016.
In Agra, the 'A' category monuments include Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. In 'B' category, the monuments included are Akbar's Tomb Sikandra, Mariyam Tomb Sikandra, Ram Bagh and Mehtab Bagh.
The entry fees of monuments in Delhi has also been hiked which includes Red Fort, Humayun Tomb, Qutub Minar, Purana Quila, Tughluqabad Fort, Jantar Mantar etc.
However, there is a good news as well. The Ministry of Culture has provided a discount for those who make cashless payments. The domestic tourists will get a discount of Rs 5 while foreign tourists will get a discount of Rs 50 in both A and B category monuments if the tickets are booked online.