Meter's ticking for Taj Mahal visitors


With 50,000 visitors a day, the Taj Mahal is hitting its limits; some would say it has long passed them. To cope with the crowds, visitors will now be assigned reserved time slots, and will be fined if they overstay their 3-hour limit.

Up to now, local authorities have tried to manage the crowd by goosing up admission prices, now at $15.75 for foreign visitors and an additional $2.86 to enter the building itself. Domestic visitors pay less.

No word so far on how tourists will be timed or fined.

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

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Indian office wallahs have assiduously expanded on any bureaucracy 'bequeathed' by the Brits and this shouldn't present any problem, apart, of course, from the even-handed and understandable application of rules πŸ˜‚

I'd love to know if the Archaeological Survey of India derives any benefit, or Agra city council !