Tourists can now avail free wi-fi at Taj Mahal, making it the first monument in the country to provide the facility to visitors.
The Taj Mahal just got a whole lot more attractive as it became the first monument in the country to provide free Wi-Fi facility from Tuesday.
The Wi-Fi will be free to use for the first 30 minutes, after which users can continue the service on a paid basis, which will cost Rs. 30 per hour.
Union Minister for Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the service on Thursday at the Taj Mahal complex. State-run operator BSNL has collaborated with a Bengaluru-based company QuadGen Wireless Solutions to provide high speed internet of up to 100 Mbps.
Users can choose from various subscription plans and get vouchers for one-time password which will enable them to access the internet afterwards. They will also have to feed their mobile numbers and email addresses to avail further service.
To make the service effective and fast, over 20 hotspots have been created in the premises. One hotspot device covers an area of 5,000 square feet and 5,000 users can simultaneously avail the facility.
In February, Wi-Fi facility was launched by BSNL at Dashashwamedh Ghat and Shitala Ghats of Varanasi.
In the future, similar hotspots will be installed in 62 cities across nine states. BSNL also plans to provide Wi-Fi at Fatehpur Sikri, Khajuraho and Jagannath Puri and others by March 2016.
Taj Mahal, being a major tourist attraction, gets a large number of tourists and saw footfalls of around 6 million in 2014. The new service will enable tourists to have a more hassle-free experience at the monument of love.