Access to heritage sites made easy now

The ministry of Culture, Govt of India has announced that ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) will issue a common entry ticket for all World Heritage sites in the country except Taj Mahal for which a special entry ticket will be issued.

The scheme is likely to be introduced within next 3 months. This is quite a welcome sign as it will reduce time to stand in long queues in front each monument.

Some points worth to be noted.

1. The tickets can be purchased in advance from over 250 outlets including Delhi & Mumbai airports, ITDC offices across country. Later on it’ll be extended to approved travel agents & tour operators as well.

2. A common entry ticket for 15 World Heritage sites in India.

3. A common entry ticket for 99 other ASI monuments.

4. The tickets are valid for one year for single use.

5. Unused tickets can be re-validated.

6. All these tickets are specially designed and will have a souvenir value.

7. Hotels and travel agents would also be at liberty to buy these tickets in bulk.

Nowhere they have mentioned the cost price of a ticket. Probably they are working on it.
What do you think of this step ? Is it late ? Does it have any negative side ?

11 thoughts on “Access to heritage sites made easy now

  1. let us wait to see the price… with india being such a large country, visiting all the heritage sites may not be that feasible. so if they price it w.r.to the number of sites…

  2. Saw an ad in the paper today regarding this scheme. What I am sceptical about is whether the security at the actual monuments would even be aware of such a ticket. For all you know, they may just deny the existence of such a scheme and ask you to purchase a ticket separately. Implementation leaves a lot to be desired, generally.
    Let’s hope this turns out to be better and maybe if they can make it available online as well, since most people tend to plan their trips online these days anyways.

  3. Rocksea,
    Yes, For Indians it might be difficult to visit all these sites within a year. The authorities should keep the price in such a way that even if one visits few monuments, the cost gets covered otherwise no common Indian would buy these tickets except for keeping it as souvenirs.

    For foreigners it’s ok because they come here for sole purpose.

  4. Sid,
    Well, they’ll have to be made aware.

    I agree with you on online thing. it’ll make a great difference not only to Indians but to foreign nationals as well.

  5. Currently Entrance Fee For Taj Mahal :-
    Citizens of India and visitors of SAARC (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives and Afghanistan) and BIMSTEC Countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar) – Rs. 10 per head.
    Others:

    Rs. 250/- per head (ASI);
    Rs. 500/- per head as Toll Tax (Agra Development Authority)
    Rs. 500/- ticket of ADA is valid for the monuments of Agra Fort, Itimadi-ud-daula, Akbar’s Tomb, Sikandara and Fatehpur Sikri
    (children up to 15 years free)

  6. Prasad,
    Thanks for this information.
    I have just returned from Delhi and the ticket for Red fort was also Rs 10/- per head.
    And I have kept the beautiful ticket as souvenir. 🙂

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