Free entry for tourists at Agra monuments on November 19
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is observing the annual World Heritage Week from November 19 to 25 and to mark the occasion, entry to the iconic Taj Mahal and other ASI-protected monuments will remain free for tourists on November 19.
Agra Tourist Welfare Chamber secretary said that being a Saturday, the Taj Mahal and other Agra monuments could see large crowds of tourists on November 19. In such a situation, the ASI and security agencies need to prepare special contingency plans to control the crowd. He also urged tourism organizations to come forward and assist the security agencies and local police in managing the crowd.
Social activists said it would be prudent for tourists to be prepared for a long wait before entering the monument. He said that the local population of the Tajganj area needs to ensure that the tourists are not harassed by touts or other antisocial elements and they return home with a good image of Agra.
It should be the effort of every Agra resident that the monuments and the roads leading to them remain clean and safe for tourists, he added. Free entry for tourists at Agra monuments on November 19
The entrance to the main mausoleum of the Taj Mahal will remain the same Rs. 200, to maintain limited footfall and security of the monument. Free entry for tourists at Agra monuments on November 19
The ASI will organize a program on November 19 at the Diwan-e-Aam complex of Agra Fort.
The closing ceremony will be held at the Panch Mahal complex of Fatehpur Sikri. There will be a cleanliness drive, drawing and painting competitions, and quiz programs throughout the week. Free entry for tourists at Agra monuments on November 19
The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World which is considered the most photogenic destination of India. It is one of the most exquisite structures ever built by any emperor. It was constructed by the fifth Mughal emperor in fond memory of his favorite wife Mumtaj Mahal. The Taj Mahal in terms of architecture, is one of the most symmetrical structures in the world, constructed using pure white marble and adorned with precious and semi-precious stones. The construction started in 1631 and was completed in 1653 AD; 20,000 workers worked day and night together for 22 years.