India’s Taj Mahal to cut visitor numbers

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But it’s Indian locals who will lose out, as they pay less

Visitor numbers to India’s famous Taj Mahal is being restricted due to concerns about overcrowding, TTG Digital writes. But it’s Indian locals who are likely to lose, as they pay far less than international visitors.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) announced last week that it would cut the number of domestic visitors allowed to see the Taj Mahal per day. Tourists from abroad will not have to worry about the restriction.

The number of visiting locals will likely almost be cut in half, from 70,000 to 40,000 per day, with visits limited to three hours per person. The change will be implemented with a new ticketing system, though no date for it has been set.

Indian locals will be required to pay 40 rupees (€0.60) for a ticket, while international travellers will be asked to pay 1,000 rupees (€13.15).

If an Indian arrives after all of the 40,000 tickets for locals are sold, he or she can still enter – but only after buying the much pricier international ticket – three days’ work on the average wage.

Yellow walls
The preservation of the palace has been a primary concern for the ASI, as the once cream-coloured walls have turned yellow and the monument is surrounded by rubbish.

The Taj Mahal is one of many examples of tourist attractions suffering from growing overcrowding and implementing drastic solutions to tackle the problem. Late last year, for example, the Italian government declared that ships weighing over 100,000 tonnes would be banned from sailing through Venice’s Grand Canal following concerns that their wakes are damaging the city.

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