Visiting Taj's main mausoleum? Shell out Rs. 200 more
Those wanting to see the main mausoleum of the Taj Mahal will need to buy an additional ticket of Rs. 200 from today. 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 of the 17th-century monument. SAARC countries' visitors will pay Rs. 740 now.
Visitors from SAARC countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, used to pay Rs. 540 earlier. The new ticketing system will help reduce the human load on main structure. Visitors who buy the Rs. 50 ticket wouldn't be allowed to enter the main mausoleum but would be able to move around the Taj and see the rear side and Yamuna riverfront at the back.
The Taj Mahal is considered one of the finest specimen of the Mughal architecture. In 1983, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was cited as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage".