Taj Mahal Entry Fees Being Increased

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#1 Jan 17th, 2013, 18:09
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There is a news report in a Hindi Newspaper Amar Ujala of Uttar Pradesh which reports that Agra Development Authority has decided to increase the Entry Fees of all the monuments including the Taj Mahal subject to approval from the State Administration:

Taj Mahal
For Foreign Tourists it is being increased to INR 1000
For Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries it is being increased to INR 760
For Indians it is being increased to INR 50

Agra Fort
For Foreign Tourists it is being increased to INR 350
For Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries it is being increased to INR 110
For Indians it is being increased to INR 30

Fatehpur Sikri
For Foreign Tourists it is being increased to INR 300
For Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries it is being increased to INR 60
For Indians it is being increased to INR 30

Etmadaula
For Foreign Tourists it is being increased to INR 150
For Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries it is being increased to INR 55
For Indians it is being increased to INR 25

Sikandara
For Foreign Tourists it it is being increased to INR 150
For Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries it is being increased to INR 55
For Indians it is being increased to INR 25

The news item says, the Entry Fees are being revised after a gap of 12 years.

Let's be ready to pay more!
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I thought the previous rate for the Taj was too high for foreigners. Surely there has been a lot of debate around this topic, and the Indians charging a higher price for their attractions for foreigners has some good points to argue for. But charging a price 20 times the locals' rate (yes I said 20 times!) is just insane! It just doesn't make you feel welcome that at every place you come you need to pay so much more. Felt much more welcome in Amritsar's temple!
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Hmm... as a boy, I used to accompany my father to buy heavy machinery and brassware in Agra. Last I heard, those factories closed due to pollution threat to the Taj. If so, then the Taj has been a huge burden to Agra's economy and its employment scenario. As such, therefore, I support contributing to Agra city's development through visitor fees to the Taj, etc.

However, there is no reason to charge foreigners more. Indians are equally, if not more, to blame for the pollution in Agra. So the Agra Development Authority's tax structure is inexplicable. Why not charge 1000 from every visitor, including Indians? The ASI may be justified in charging different fees, but why the ADA? This really is nothing but persecution of foreigners.
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I know I'll be in the minority here, but I'd gladly pay 1000 rupees to see the Taj Mahal. I paid 750 on two separate occasions, and I hope to be able to see it again.

I love the Taj Mahal - I assume that at least part of my money is going for the upkeep, and that's worth it to me.
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Maybe they could make a sliding scale for how much people enjoyed the experience..
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Originally Posted by Roybor View Post But charging a price 20 times the locals' rate (yes I said 20 times!) is just insane! It just doesn't make you feel welcome that at every place you come you need to pay so much more. Felt much more welcome in Amritsar's temple!
On the averages a foreigner can afford to pay 20 times more; and you get all those benefits like the short way around the Taj gardens. It isn't compulsory - if you don't want to pay, don't.

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Originally Posted by DaisyL View Post I know I'll be in the minority here, but I'd gladly pay 1000 rupees to see the Taj Mahal. I paid 750 on two separate occasions, and I hope to be able to see it again. I love the Taj Mahal - I assume that at least part of my money is going for the upkeep, and that's worth it to me.
I'm with you Daisy - twenty bucks isn't even a ticket to the movies and a bottle of water - by comparison the Taj is a bargain.

To Admin / Mods - can you merge this thread to the bottom of this thread: Taj Mahal entry fees
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Daisy, Dr Rudi, I'm with you. It always stuns me when people traveling in India refuse to go see the Taj because of the money . . . a small percentage, for most of us, of the flight/hotel/food/transportation . . . but then again, those who refuse make that much more room for those of us who can't refuse
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How do they decide who is a foreigner and who is an Indian? I.e. who gets asked for ID and who doesn't?
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Looking at the color of their skin primariy. Secondarily and it catches many NRIs is body language and maybe even mannerisms..
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It isn't just India though, so you can't really put the blame there. In York i can see the minster for free, where non- York residents pay about 8.... Now i'd rather pay what is approx. the same amount to see the Taj than I would to see a big church, but then that's just what interests me.

What confuses me is the entry to the Taj is rs. 250 and the tax is rs. 500- 200%!!!!!
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Its the most beautiful building in the world.

1000 INR is nothing to most of the Western tourists who visit!
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It is around 20$ for foreign natioanal. In North America local attaractions charge around 10$. Madam Tusad museum charge 25$. Last month I was at Taj, but fees was same.
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Side note is that I once lived in India on 800 Rupes/month. Gad I hate hostel food..
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