Archaelogical Survey of India (ASI) is set to introduce online entry ticket booking for the Taj Mahal from December 25 onwards, reports PTI.  Union minister of state for culture and tourism Shripad Naik had earlier made an announcement in July that the online ticketing portal will be running by the year end.

After the initial one month trail, the ASI will extend the facility to other monuments managed by it. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and the National Institute of Smart Governance will be the service provider of the e-ticketing facility. The new e-tickets will have security features including bar codes and bar code scanners at the entrance.

Taj Mahal

The ministry also had said that it is considering to allow viewing of the monument on full moon nights from Mehtab Bagh, located right opposite the Taj Mahal, across the river Yamuna.

The tourism ministry earlier in November launched a travel app called Tripgator for the Android operating system. Tripigator is a travel-planning app that customises itinerary according to the user’s preferences such as budget, number of people travelling and month of travel. It also takes into account criteria such as trip type (premium, economic or luxurious), interests (adventure, wildlife etc.) and the energy level of the trip (relaxed, normal and active.) For those who don’t have a place in mind but still want to travel, the app gives suggestions based on the input.