The white marble mausoleum, The pinnacle of Mughal architecture, The crown of palaces, The jewel of Muslim art in India, Universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage– Many Introductions, One Taj Mahal.
If Reports coming out in Media is to be believe then In-spite of various opposition by conservationists, a a recent meeting headed Mr. Pradeep Bhatnagar, DC-Agra & participated by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials has proposed to open the gates of Taj Mahal, Agra on its weekly off i.e Fridays for general public for a specific period of time & with a special fees.
The charges are believed to be in the line of $100 for foreign tourists & Rs. 5000 per head for Domestic visitor. The time has been decided for 5 hours i.e from 7 A.M of Fridays to 12 in noon.
It is also worth mentioning that in 1993 a high power committee under the chairmanship of Mr. S Vardarajan had recommended the weekly off for this white marble mausoleum.
Nearly 6 millions tourists visit this place officially & the actual tourist count could be near to ten millions as entry is free for anyone below the age of 15 (For Full Ticket Charges, click here) which in other words means Full moon or not, around 20,000 tourists visit the Taj Mahal every day except Friday, when the monument is closed.
However, as the ASI rules the site and it has its own standards rules & guidelines to follow; the implementation of this new proposal is very unlikely.
We have a opinion that instead of moving in this direction, tourism infrastructure can be developed to lure more visitors,number of visitors count can be restricted while at the same time preventing the deterioration of the world heritage sites.