In a bid to decongest and reduce the human load on the main iconic mausoleum of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, the tourists and visitors wanting to see the main mausoleum at the Taj Mahal will need to buy an additional ticket of Rs 200 from Monday.
Vasant Swarnakar, Archaeological Survey of India’s Chief archaeologist in Agra, said domestic visitors will have to pay Rs 250 and foreign visitors Rs 1,300 to see the main mausoleum at the 17th-century monument. While the visitors from SAARC countries will have to pay Rs 740 instead of Rs 540.
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The Taj, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s marble tribute to his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, is by far the most iconic structure in India, as well as the country’s biggest-earning monument which generates a whopping Rs. 21,84,88,950 annually.
The new ticketing system will help reduce the human load on the main structure.
Visitors who buy the Rs 50 ticket would not be allowed to enter the main mausoleum, but would be able to move around the Taj and see the rear side, the Yamuna river front at the back.
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The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and considered one of the finest specimens of the Mughal architecture.
Of late, India’s tourism sector has been reaping the benefits and revenues are expected to rise by 7.9% over the next decade.
The World Travel and Tourism Council calculated that tourism generated Rs. 15.24 lakh crore or 9.4% of India’s GDP in 2017 and supported 41.622 million jobs, 8% of its total employment.