This photograph taken on January 3, 2018 shows residential buildings next to the Taj Mahal in Agra. India is to restrict the number of daily visitors to the Taj Mahal in an effort to preserve the iconic 17th-century monument to love, its biggest tourist draw. Millions of mostly Indian tourists visit the Taj Mahal every year and their numbers are increasing steadily as domestic travel becomes more accessible. / AFP PHOTO / Dominique Faget (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
Those hoping to visit the Taj Mahal and enjoy its beauty will have to shell out more money, as the tourism department has increased ticket prices from Rs 40 to Rs 50.
New tickets will be valid for only three hours, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma said.
“We need to preserve Taj Mahal for the generations to come; new ‘barcoded’ tickets would cost Rs 50 from the earlier Rs 40 and it would be valid only for three hours,” said Sharma. “All our monuments and the area around them would be polythene-free,” he added.
The structure is currently covered in scaffolding and the monument is expected to get a mud-pack treatment to brighten the marble exterior. The mud-pack treatment is a first for Taj Mahal
“In all likelihood, the entire dome will be obscured by iron scaffolding and during the actual cleaning process, portions of the white marble facade will be covered in mud and sheets for two to three days at a time. This process will be carried out in sections and the work on the dome is expected to last a year,” Grand Rapids, Mich.-based A&S Signature Journeys said.