Published on : Saturday, February 6, 2021
The majestic monuments of Rajasthan may soon witness a lot of couples posing for pre-and post-wedding shoots.
As per a new scheme of the Gehlot government, people who are interested to get their pictures clicked at the historical sites in Jaipur will be provided limited and private access for a price.
This is a unique plan to generate revenue from the monuments and museums that have made Rajasthan one of the top tourist attractions of India. The tourism industry in the state, which employs almost 15% of people in the state, has been crippled by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, under the new scheme of the Archaeology and Museum Department, the government is planning to offer Jaipur’s monuments and museums for pre and post-wedding shoots.
Initially, this new policy will be implemented in Jaipur. Besides the famous Hawa Mahal, people can also book the Amber Palace, Albert Hall, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh, Vidhyadhar Ka Bagh, Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh and Isarlat for their shoots.
Prakash Chandra Sharma, director, Archaeology and Museum Department of Jaipur said, “If anybody wants to have pre-and post-wedding shoots at historical monuments/museums, they will have to pay Rs 5,000 for every two hours if the shoot is during office hours. For shoots before or after office hours, they will have to pay Rs 15,000 per hour.”
Such shoots used to take place in monuments even earlier but there was no policy about them. Now, the department is viewing it as an opportunity to revive and encourage tourism in the city.
Mugdha Sinha, Secretary, Art, Literature, Culture, and Archaeology Department, said, “The issue of such shoots was not institutionalized earlier. We have observed that people want to be a part of pre-and post-wedding shoots and many want to shoot exclusive pictures without the crowd because it’s a special moment for them. This new policy will add to experiential tourism for the public as it becomes an unforgettable moment of their life.”
Those undergoing shoots in such places will have to follow all the guidelines listed and will have to make sure that no antiques are damaged. They would also have to refrain from engaging in acts/poses during the shoot that “may hurt the sentiments of the public.