Published on : Thursday, January 4, 2018
Amber Fort, the sentinel of the iconic Walled City, occupied the key position in December with visitors’ numbers increasing at a record 28.76% in comparison to the same time in 2016.
As per the data available with TOI from different state managed monuments, Amber Fort appeared as the winner luring 19,15,695 visitors all through the year with December 31 earning Rs 20,77,090 alone to the state exchequer receiving 15189 tourists.
At the fort, domestic tourists increased from 4893 on December 21, 2017 to an enormous 13125 on the last day of the year.
“Call it the feel good factor or word of mouth, the security at Amber Fort has won it a lot of appreciation on social media. Besides upgradation of basic facilities, CCTV cameras, electric vehicles and Segway at the fort our staff have helped many tourists find their lost belongings. Last year, we found and returned a tourist his bag with a lakh of rupees, couriered a tourist his lost wallet by speed-post, and returned a 20 gm gold chain to a Swedish tourist. Besides, night tourism has also been an attraction. From the time it was started in February 2015 till December 2017 it saw an increase of 255.28% in footfalls,” said Pankaj Dhirendra, superintendent, Amber Fort.
Increasing tourist numbers were witnessed at other monuments as well with the World Heritage Monument, Jantar Mantar recording a 971.08% ascend in revenue and even the basic Hawa Mahal with 30.38% increase in December 2017 over the previous year.