For the love of Khajuraho: Russian tourists try to sneak into temple, detained

  • Anupam Pateriya, Hindustan Times, Sagar
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2016 12:13 IST
The tourists told the police they had spent all their money and could not afford the Rs 500 entry fee per head for foreign nationals. (Representational image )

Two Russian tourists were detained briefly by the police and interrogated after they tried to cross the boundary wall around the Khajuraho temples, a world heritage site.

They told the police they had spent all their money and could not afford the Rs 500 entry fee per head for foreign nationals, hence the stunt. Local sources told HT that around 5.30 pm on Tuesday evening, the tourists — Dolgovyach Ganadi and Ivan Suslov — were caught by the temple security personnel when one of them crossed the boundary wall of Khajuraho’s famous Western Group of Temples and the other was about to cross.

Khajuraho police station in-charge KG Shukla said just for the sake of taking photographs of Khajuraho temples, the tourists tried to sneak in.

“They arrived in Khajuraho on Monday and checked into a local budget hotel. For the past few days, they had been touring various tourist places in the country and after paying the hotel bill at Khajuraho and other expenses, they were not left with enough money. They had plans to leave for Delhi on Tuesday evening. They said they were not aware about the rules which prohibit such acts and pleaded innocence,” the police official said.

Shukla said nothing suspicious was found from their possession. “They gave a written apology stating their circumstances after which we let them off. They will reach Delhi and contact the Russian embassy for financial support.”

A few months ago, the Archaeological Survey of India hiked the entry fees for foreign visitors to Khajuraho temples from Rs 250 to Rs 500 per head.

In February, ASI officials at Khajuraho caught a US citizen for aerial photography of Khajuraho temples using a drone without permission.

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