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Adopt a Heritage Project: Monument Mitras to adopt heritage sites and monuments

Ministry of Tourism in close collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had launched Adopt a Heritage Project. Under it, selected public sector companies, private sector companies and individuals will develop tourist amenities at heritage sites. They will be called as ‘Monument Mitra’ and adopt the sites essentially under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity.

Adopt a Heritage Project

Objectives

  • Provide world class tourist facilities at various natural and cultural heritage sites, monuments and other tourist sites.
  • Make these selected sites tourist friendly, enhance their tourist potential and cultural importance in planned and phased manner across the country.

Features

The project primarily focuses on providing basic amenities that include cleanliness, public convenience, drinking water, ease of access for tourists, signage etc. and advanced amenities like Souvenir shop, Cafeteria, TFC etc. It seeks active participation of industry to ensure sustainable model formulation for tourism sector.

The public and private companies adopting these monuments will also look after their operations and maintenance initially for 5 years subject to review at any time. Resources for capital and recurring cost for this project is proposed through industry participation, through CSR or any other funding option subject to review and approval of Oversight & Vision Committee.

The heritage sites and monuments enlisted under this project are categorized as green, blue and orange on basis of tourist footfall and visibility. It is mandatory for monument mitra, opting for monument from green category to choose at least one site from either blue or orange category.

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Tourism Ministry launches e-ticketing facility for Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb

Tourism Ministry has launched e-ticketing facility for the two Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)-maintained monuments Taj Mahal in Agra and Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi.

In this regard web portal was launched by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi in order to facilitate ticketing facility.

This e-ticketing facility is a joint collaboration of ASI and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (ICRTC).

It will help tourist’s book tickets 90 days in advance. Visitors can book advance tickets in three categories- foreign visitor, SAARC visitor and domestic visitor and can pay via debit card, credit card or through net banking.

Thus, this facility is launched to boost tourism by providing tourists with an option of choosing time as per their convenience to visit these monuments.

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