Taj Mahal Entry Fees Being Increased

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Originally Posted by Matka View Post No, I wasn't aware of that, although I did know that racism is rife in the northeast, with the different tribes quite hostile to each other. Anyway, all this proves is that Indians are quite openly racist, anywhere in the country.

Your second point further underlines the racism behind the Taj Mahal ticketing policy, because you got picked on due to skin colour of your guest. Thanks for providing another example of the infamous Taj Mahal fee racism.
It was not at Taj Mahal but in Delhi's Humayun Tomb.I asked the ticket guy as "1 Indian and 1 foreigner ticket" in English and he thought may be I was a NRI even though my accent is not really British/American(at least I think so) but perhaps he got confused me with NRI as there was a foreign guest with me.So I had to say few words in Hindi to the ticket guy and we both had a small laugh.The Indian ticket was 10 and foreigner 250 and he said some NRI's do cheat by not speaking up.

btw India is a huge country and 2 EU in half of the space.Due to it's diversity there is no sure-shot single image of an Indian.We do sometime had problems with each other because we look differently and it's taken as racism and in some cases turns violent.One of my friends were kidnapped in NE states and had a bad experience they managed to get back alive.Foreigners visiting NE states don't have that much issues.I have heard that in NE states they call us as "Indians" so no one is completely clean.

In case of oriental looks one(non-NE) indeed gets confused a bit if the person is from NE Indian States OR Chinese/Japanese/Tibetian/Thai origin specially at the famous places like Taj.
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Originally Posted by theRock View Post One of my friends were kidnapped in NE states and had a bad experience they managed to get back alive.
How does getting out alive qualify as a bad experience?
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Brutal killings of Hindi speaking people in North East India condemned

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Okay, my bad. I used the term Taj Mahal fee racism for the whole gamut of monument ticketing racism in India. I readily believe that any ASI ticketed monuments in the northeast would racially discriminate against "foreigners" too. For example, a resident of Arunachal living in Delhi once told me that the army only checks permits of "Indian" looking faces, not of "Japanese" looking faces! So theoretically, a Japanese could get into Arunachal without a permit!

So does the racism against "Indians" in the northeast forgive the Taj Mahal ticket sellers' racism? You seem to imply that it does. I am of the opinion, though, that the incidents you've described, as well as the racism in monument ticketing policy, both belong under one and the same umbrella, and they are both condemnable in the same breath.
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What's the latest entry fee chart for the following for an Indian tourist?

Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Baby Taj
Fatehpur Sikri
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You may check a consolidated Entry Fee chart here.

Please check the entry fees for Agra monuments here.

Please check entry fee for Fatehpur Sikri here.
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Thanks a ton! Very helpful
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Hike again being Discussed

If things progress as per this report in the Times of India, the Ministry of Tourism is all set to hike ticket price to visit Taj Mahal after an interval of 12 years.

The new rates, expected to come into effect any time next month, will be Rs 40 (Rs 30 + 10, an additional toll levied by the Agra Development Authority) for Indians and Rs 1,250 (Rs 750 + 500, an additional toll levied by the Agra Development Authority) for foreigners, up substantially from the present Rs 20 and Rs 750 respectively.

"The increase in entry fee was much-needed as maintenance costs have spiraled manifold during the past few years," said an archaeological body official.

Sources said the hike in entry fees will be enforced at all the centrally protected monuments across the country. The new rates are expected to come into effect any time next month.

After the entry fee amount is revised, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) the agency responsible for the preservation of such monuments will collect Rs 30 from Indian nationals and Rs 750 from overseas visitors.

Let's see, how it progresses!
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Entry Fees Being Increased from 1st week of November...

After 12-year break, ASI is in process of hiking Taj ticket price by 200%.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has finally hiked the ticket prices for various monuments by a 200 percent. The price hike comes after an interval of 12 years.

According to officials, a 45-day period will be given for admitting objections or suggestions from the public, and if everything goes well, the new rates will become applicable from the first week of November 2015. The ASI finally issued preliminary notification on 15th September.

Total amount of tickets at Taj, Rs 40 (Rs 10 as toll tax) for Indians and Rs 1,250 (Rs 500 as toll tax) for foreigners.

For the World Heritage sites (category ‘A’ monuments), ticket price are raised from Rs 10 to Rs 30 for Indian tourists and from Rs 250 to Rs 750 for foreign visitors.

For category "B" monuments, the rates have been increased from Rs 5 to Rs 15 for Indians and Rs 100 to Rs 300 for foreigners.

However, the visitors from SAARC and BIMSTEC countries, will be treated equally like Indians and will be charged domestic rates. But the ADA which already treats SAARC and BIMSTEC residents as foreigners, will charge tax on them and the ticket will cost for Rs 530 to them.

Moreover the visitors will have to pay more than the basic price due to toll tax which is charged by Agra Development Authority (ADA).

All this makes the total amount of tickets at Taj, Rs 40 (Rs 10 as toll tax) for Indians and Rs 1,250 (Rs 500 as toll tax) for foreigners.






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Thanks for posting this information, Prakaant.
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quick someone start a new thread ..

Where to go - Foreigners how to have fun without Getting Shafted
(list all those great places to visit with zero admission charges)

Can expect the Forest Departments / Parks will follow .. indeed the entire population may, at last, get the idea .. a 200% increase in hospitality.
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It may be justified by many as fee has been increased after 12 years...
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31.25 : 1 Hmmm.
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Originally Posted by old india hand View Post quick someone start a new thread ..

Where to go - Foreigners how to have fun without Getting Shafted
(list all those great places to visit with zero admission charges)

Can expect the Forest Departments / Parks will follow .. indeed the entire population may, at last, get the idea .. a 200% increase in hospitality.
May be simply use google maps and "travel" allover India without hassle and $.
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The tourists visiting the Taj Mahal will have to shell out extra from April 1 as the government has decided to introduce Rs. 200 charge for seeing the main mausoleum and also raise the entry fee to Rs. 50 from Rs. 40.

Speaking at a media briefing, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said the changes have been effected to "preserve the Taj Mahal" and for a better crowd management.

As of now, there is no separate fee for entry to the main mausoleum.

"We need to preserve the Taj Mahal for the generations to come. New 'barcoded' tickets would cost Rs. 50 instead of the earlier Rs. 40 and it would be valid only for three hours," said Mr Sharma.
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Mr Sharma also said the ministry had taken special steps to ensure the comfort for foreign tourists who pay Rs. 1,250 for entry into the Taj Mahal.

He said separate queues, separate toilets, and a safe corridor will be built for them from the Agra railway station to the Taj in collaboration with the Ministry of Aviation and Road Transport Ministry.

The minister pointed out that the government has already spoken to authorities concerned to stop "lapka culture (culture of touts)" around the Taj Mahal.
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