New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) Foreign tourists will now pay the entry fee
to monuments protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in
the Indian currency. A foreign traveller will pay Rs.250 (about $6) for
visiting a World Heritage Site such as Qutab Minar, Taj Mahal or the
Ajanta and Ellora Caves, and Rs.100 for other monuments.
NEW DELHI: It's official. The 16th century Humayun's Tomb has slowly
emerged the most popularly visited monument in the Capital as compared
to the previous year. Though south Delhi's Qutab Minar still attracts
the most visitors in the city as has been the trend for recent years,
the tomb built by Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 has seen a 17% increase in
the number of visitors (both Indian and foreign) from 2006-07 to
2007-08, way ahead of both Qutab Minar and the newly crowned world
heritage site Red Fort.
According to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), a strict control
in the ticketing system at all monuments has led to vast increase in
number of tickets, particularly in world heritage sites.
"There is a lot of curiosity surrounding Humayun's Tomb, especially with
the elaborate redevelopment plan proposed for the area.