The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was built by Shah Jahan and was opened in the year 1648. the entry fee to this World Heritage Monument is about to increase as the Agra Development Authority(ADA) has proposed an increase in its share, weeks after the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) effected a steep hike in ticket cost. The entry ticket as “Toll Tax” which consists of ASI fee and ADA charge. This is the only place in India’s historical monument places this toll tax is collected.
The entry ticket increase has been set for the 32 World Heritage Monuments, which also includes Taj Mahal. The normal entry ticket cost for Taj Mahal is Rs 10 for the general domestic visitors and Rs 250 for foreign nationals. These costs are increased by Rs 30 and Rs 500 respectively. At present, a foreigner pays Rs 1,000 as entry fee for Taj Mahal with ASI and ADA bagging Rs 500 each, while domestic visitors shell out Rs 40 – Rs 30 as ASI fee and Rs 10 ADA charge.
Subhash Goyal President for Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) said that if this proposal is implemented, this would reduce the number of visitors to Taj. He said tour operators are against the increase in the ticket price and would protest if the demand of ADA for fee hike is implemented.