Paramananda Shakya, member secretary at PADT, informed that the entry fee had been increased to Rs 500 from existing Rs 250.
Visitors from India,
however, are not required to pay any fee.
“We have never charged Indian visitors because both Nepal and India share cultural and religious identities. They come here as pilgrims not tourists,” Shakya added.
Shakya, however, revealed that the PADT had been studying the possibilities of introducing entry fee for Indian visitors to generate more funds. Shakya also said he had already informed travel agencies about the change in entry fee structure to the area listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
More than 300 foreigners visit the temple premises every day.
“After increasing the entry fee, we will also focus on infrastructure development in the area. We will build more eateries and restrooms of international standard. We are also planning to present an attractive souvenir to every foreign visitors visiting the area,” Shakya said.
Meanwhile, the PADT has deployed additional tourist police personnel and security guards
for the wellbeing of
He also said security guards had intensified round-the-clock vigil at
the temple premises to
protect property and artifact in the area.