New Delhi: Entry to 116 key historical monuments under ASI across the country, including the Red Fort, Qutab Minar and Ajanta-Ellora caves, have become costlier.
The government effected a three-fold hike in the entry fee for the monuments for domestic visitors and 100 per cent for foreign tourists.
For the 32 ‘World Heritage Monuments’, the ticket price has been increased to Rs 30 from Rs 10 for the domestic visitor, while the entry fee for foreign nationals has been hiked to Rs 500 from Rs 250, the Culture Ministry said in a statement.
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) countries are treated on par with Indians and are charged similarly.
For monuments other than the World Heritage ones, the entry fee has been increased three-fold to Rs 15 from Rs 5 for domestic visitors, while foreigners will have to pay Rs 200 against Rs 100.
“The enhancement comes after a period of more than 15 years as the last increase took place in 2000…The enhanced rates are at par with entry fee at monuments abroad,” the statement said.