Paying Indian Prices at National Parks/Sites

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I'm working in Mumbai on an employment visa, I pay a significant amount of taxes to the Indian government and have the FRRO-issued residence permit. I was wondering if when I go to places like the Taj Mahal or Elephan Island, if I need to pay the foreigner price or if I should be allowed to pay the Indian price.

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You may still end up paying a foreigner's price, mostly the concerned official at your point of contact are ignorent & guess there's little you can do to make them understand your stance, even if you do i guess there's little they can do to bend the rules laid out for them, they are sticklers..
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I had no problem using my permit in sites Delhi and rajasthan, just carry it with you.
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is your permit like a book? Mine is a stack of xerox'ed papers with a Navi Mumbai seal. Just curious.
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I got into the Taj Mahal with the Indian fee, my friend bought the tickets and I kept my mouth shut, I am brown but not Indian.
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Originally Posted by MattFS218 I'm working in Mumbai on an employment visa, I pay a significant amount of taxes to the Indian government and have the FRRO-issued residence permit. I was wondering if when I go to places like the Taj Mahal or Elephan Island, if I need to pay the foreigner price or if I should be allowed to pay the Indian price.

I am an American citizen.
If you only earn the same salary as an Indian person, it is then fair you should pay the reduce rate. If you are earning more, even much more, then you should pay the foreign rate, and be happy that your money is preserving the monuments for next generation.

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Oh, Please don't let's have that controversy running and running yet again.

Suffice it to say that even the Indian government (or was it just the president, I forget...) has come to the conclusion that dual pricing is wrong and should be stopped.

I don't advise anyone to hold their breath until that get's implemented, though... ... ... ... ... ...
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PAN card worked for me in gallery in Mumbai (with statue of Gandhi) but not in Pune- they said indian CITIZENS only not indian RESIDENTS.

I suppose it depends who you get... but you have to argue your point.
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Originally Posted by dragon If you only earn the same salary as an Indian person, it is then fair you should pay the reduce rate. If you are earning more, even much more, then you should pay the foreign rate, and be happy that your money is preserving the monuments for next generation.

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I would not mind if the money was spent to preserve the monuments but unfortunately it does not appear to go on preservation.

Look at the Humayuns Tomb in Delhi, as with most such monuments the low prices for locals means you get vadals visiting the place who think it is a God given right for them to graffiti and etch their name into the stone. If the entrance fee was slightly higher for locals then it might deter the vandals from visiting.
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money up front

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Originally Posted by shere I would not mind if the money was spent to preserve the monuments but unfortunately it does not appear to go on preservation.

Look at the Humayuns Tomb in Delhi, as with most such monuments the low prices for locals means you get vadals visiting the place who think it is a God given right for them to graffiti and etch their name into the stone. If the entrance fee was slightly higher for locals then it might deter the vandals from visiting.
Dragon,
yes I agree, all should pay one price but a little higher than the locals are now paying.
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Dear people, the is-dual-pricing-right-or-a-govt-scam thing has been argued to death (unfortunately not literally) on IM.

Right or wrong, dual pricing still exists. Can we keep this thread to the topic of how to pay Indian prices eg for those who are resident here?

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