By Talia Avakian
December 11, 2018
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Visitors will now have to pay higher entry fees to visit India’s famed Taj Mahal and its main mausoleum. 

The attraction in Agra, which was built in the 17th century, is admired by travelers and locals alike each year thanks to its mesmerizing architectural beauty that incorporates arches, domes, and marble features. 

The Taj Mahal attracts an estimated 8 million visitors a year, a large majority of them being Indian citizens.

Though the mausoleum is renowned for its construction, years of visitation and decay have led to concerns regarding preservation, with experts pointing to its marble showing cracks and its wooden foundation eroding as far back as 2010. 

In an effort to prevent large numbers of visitors from causing irreversible damage, authorities have introduced additional entry fees for the main mausoleum, taking overall prices from 50 rupees to 250 rupees for Indian citizens and from about $16 to roughly $19 for international tourists.

“We want people to pay more to limit the football; this will cut down the number of visitors to the mausoleum by at least 15 to 20 percent and generate revenue for its conservation,” a spokesperson from the Archeological Survey of India told The Telegraph.

The new fees come after authorities announced plans to introduce a 40,000 visitor cap in January of 2018. 

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