Indians Now Have To Pay 5x The Original Fares To See This Legendary Monument
With a 400% price hike on entry tickets, prepare to shell out INR 250 (instead of INR 50 earlier) on your next visit to Taj Mahal. This is the officials' latest attempt to reduce the tourist count and subsequently reduce the damage toll on the top monument of India. The whopping 5 times price rise applies only to Indian visitors who make up most of Taj Mahal's daily tourist crowd. Foreign nationals will pay USD 19 instead of USD 16. This came into effect from Monday.
There still is an INR 50 ticket available but buying that would restrict you from entering the main mausoleum. This means you will only be able to move around the monument, see the back side, and the Yamuna riverfront.
Pollution caused by vehicles and toxins dumped in the Yamuna river (one of the most polluted rivers of the world), environmental degradation, and an increasing number of tourists have taken a toll on the Taj. Talks for the conservation of the monument have always been in the news. The damage is now considered to be irreversible as officials have failed to stop the ivory white marble from turning pale yellow.
The Supreme Court of India even threatened to shut down the monument due to the failure of the officials to protect and conserve it. The court also suggested the officials seek international help in speeding the conservation process.
Being a fine example of Mughal architecture, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal may now be a sight too 'expensive' to behold!