ASI facilitates online booking for monuments

Delighting news for those who love a bit of history! The tourists who wish to visit historic monuments in the country can now book the tickets from mobile phones. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has signed MoU with and BookMyShow, which will allow the foreign and domestic tourists online for the listed 141 historical monuments, sites and museums in India. The list includes the famed Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Sun Temple, Qutub Minar, Ajanta and Ellora caves etc.

The online booking move is to support government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative. ASI’s services will now be digitized, providing a quick and world-class e-ticket booking experience to the tourists. The officials believe that the association of ASI with Yatra and BookMyShow will be substantial in promoting tourism and cultural heritage in India. The online ticket booking will incur no additional charges.

The tickets for the 141 monuments, museums and sites are now available online on Yatra and BookMyShow platforms. “India has an extraordinary and diverse pool of cultural and built heritage and footfalls to such destinations are astounding. Therefore, we want to provide a high-quality visitor experience that will empower the visitors to book their tickets online. We believe that this initiative, in partnership with the ASI will drive the convenience of ‘digital’ to all those planning to visit these sites and reiterate Yatra’s position of being ‘India ka travel planner’,” said Dhiresh Sharma, Chief Business Officer of Activities, Yatra. He also confirmed that Yatra will be using its platform for endorsing cultural heritage and featuring vital info that a visitor needs to plan sight-seeing: connectivity and access, opening and closing timings, list of available amenities, along with write-ups on the monuments.

“Monuments and historical sites not only give a glimpse of our rich heritage, culture and art that spans over hundreds of years, they also form a solid foundation for the tourism sector in India, their marvels attracting millions of people from across the world and from within our own country. ASI has taken the lead in expanding e-ticketing for this segment,” said Karan Arora, General Manager of business development, BookMyShow.