The government has decided on an entry fee hike in 116 centrally protected ticketed monuments under Archaeological Survey of India. The enhancement comes after a period of more than 15 years with the last hike in 2000. The fee has been revised in consultation with the Ministry of Tourism, Tour Operators and Travel Associations, after calling for suggestions from the general public. The enhanced rates are at par with the entry fee at monuments abroad.Under the revised structure, Indian citizens including the ones overseas and visitors from SAARC and BIMSTEC countries will be charged Rs 30 per head at World Heritage Monuments and Rs 15 at other monuments. Visitors from other nations apart from these will have to pay Rs 500 and Rs 200 at World Heritage Monuments and others respectively.Primarily aimed at the enhancement of the tourism sector, a decision has also been taken to provide better facilities to tourists visiting ASI monuments. Accordingly, better facilities in the form of free bottled water, Wi-Fi connectivity, mementoes and CDs with pictures and films of monuments would be offered to tourists purchasing high value tickets at Rs 750 and Rs 300 at World Heritage monuments and other ticketed monuments respectively. This would also generate additional revenue for the exchequer. Further, separate queue would be provided for ticket holders of Rs 750, Rs 500, Rs 300 and Rs 200 for ensuring smooth entry to the monument.
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