All monuments and locations guarded by the Archaeological Survey of India are now free to enter as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, according to the Union Ministry of Culture (ASI). Both Indian citizens and foreign visitors would be granted free admission to the monuments operated by the ASI, according to officials. Here are the top ten ASI monuments that are free to visit between August 5 and August 15.
Uttar Pradesh, Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal, a masterpiece of Mughal architecture, was erected by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (1628–1658) in honour of his queen Mumtaz Mahal. The impressive building serves as both Mumtaz Mahal’s and Shah Jahan’s tombs.
Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur Sikri
A city called Fatehpur Sikri is located 37 kilometres from Agra. it was constructed in honour of the revered Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chisti by the Mughal Emperor Akbar.
The Red Fort in Delhi
The famed bastion Red Fort, also known as Lal-Qila, was built beginning in 1639 and finished nine years later. The Mughal monarch Shah Jahan ordered the building. From 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, tourists can visit the monument.
Delhi’s Qutub Minar
In red and buff sandstone, Qutbu’d-Din Aibak built the Qutb-Minar, the tallest tower in India. The mu’azzin (crier), who called for prayer, used the minar to deliver his summons in AD 1199. It measures 2.75 m tall at the top and 14.32 m in diameter at the base. The monument is 72.5 metres tall. Every day from 7 am to 8 pm, it is open.
Cooch Behar Palace, West Bengal
The former rulers of the princely state of West Bengal resided in the Cooch Behar Palace. In 1887, Maharaja Nripendranarayan constructed it.
Ajanta caves in Maharashtra
North of Aurangabad, or 107 kilometres, are the Ajanta Caves. During a hunting expedition in 1819, a British army officer of the Madras Regiment came across the caves. The murals in the caverns are well-known.
Kerala’s Bekal Fort
Along the Arabian Sea, 16 km south-east of Kasargod, is the Bekal fort. The 40-acre Bekal fort, one of Kerala’s best-preserved historical sites, features imposing walls that rise 12 metres high and are constructed of indigenous laterite stones.
Hampi, sometimes referred to as Pampakshetra of Kishkindha, is located on the Tungabhadra River’s southern bank. It once served as the Vijayanagara Empire’s administrative nerve centre.
Odisha’s Konark Sun Temple
In the thirteenth century, the Sun temple was constructed. The design of the temple was inspired by the Sun God’s chariot, which had twelve pairs of wheels pulled by seven horses.
Rajasthan’s Deeg Palace
The Rajasthani city of Bharatpur is home to Deeg Palace. The palace has ties to the Jat emperors of the eighteenth century. The Deeg Palace is home to a variety of significant structures, such as Singh Pol, Gopal Bhawan, Suraj Bhawan, Kishan Bhawan, Hardev Bhawan, Keshav Bhawan, Nand Bhawan, and Purana Mahal.