E tickets make entry to taj easier

e-Tickets Make Entry to Taj Easier
A visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra and Humayun's Tomb in Delhi has been facilitated by online booking of tickets. The Union Culture and Tourism Minister, Mahesh Sharma launched the e-ticketing facility to both these historical monuments on a pilot scale. This online booking facility may be made available to other major tourist attractions, depending on the experience in the case of these two monuments.

As part of safety measures for the tourists, especially those coming from overseas, Sharma also started a 24 hours helpline which would be available all 7 days of the week. Here, the visitors can lodge their grievances and can ask for help from any corner of the country. The helpline numbers are 1800-111363 from a cell phone and 1363 from any landline numbers in India.

This service which was functional in Hindi and English will now be made available in 10 different foreign languages, including Russian, French, Spanish and German. The government is hopeful that this move will instill confidence among visitors from abroad and thus, increase the number of travelers to India. The minister revealed 'Welcome Cards' for tourists arriving at nine international airports. As part of the function, the Incredible India Calendar for the year 2015 was also launched.

Sharma reportedly said that India received a maximum of 6.8 lakh tourists during January to November, 2014. The country benefitted with increased foreign exchange revenue of up to Rs. 1 lakh crore during the said period, depicting a growth of 12.1% in foreign exchange when compared to the previous year during the same time.

Sharma said that the year 2014 was iconic in the tourism history as the government introduced the initial phase of Tourist Visas on Arrival (VOAs) facilitated by ETA or Electronic Travel Authorization. Since the implementation of these highlights on 27 November, 16,000 visas have been processed so far. He also added that the government was planning to initiate five tourist circuits around specified themes-Krishna circuit, Buddha circuit, Ganga circuit, Kerala circuit and North East circuit.

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Posted On : 27 December,2014