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6 top Monuments with Disabled-Friendly Facilities in India

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Nov 11, 2022 10:00 PM

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Wheelchair accessibility is still not as widespread as it should be, even in modern times. The reality is that many places in India's infrastructure and transit systems are not designed to accommodate differently-abled people, posing a number of challenges and making travel much more difficult. Fortunately, as public awareness grows, more tourist attractions are becoming more considerate of and accessible to people with disabilities. Many popular tourist destinations in India now offer hospitality services, infrastructure, and transportation systems that make it easier to travel with a wheelchair or limited mobility.

Here are 6 famous places to visit in India that are disabled-friendly:

TIPU SULTAN’S SUMMER PALACE, BENGALURU

Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace in Bengaluru was designated as Karnataka's first Archaeological Survey of India monument that is accessible to people with disabilities. A Braille brochure is distributed to visually impaired visitors, and there are Braille signboards throughout the monument, as well as a tactile pathway leading from the palace gate to the toilet.

TAJ MAHAL, AGRA

The Taj Mahal is accessible to those with physical disabilities, thanks to nine ramps constructed around the monument. The administration at the monument also offers wheelchairs for those with disabilities to utilise as they navigate the campus of The Taj Mahal.

SANCHI STUPA, MADHYA PRADESH

Sanchi Stupa in Madhya Pradesh's Raisen district is another landmark that is accessible to people with disabilities. The monument has opened its doors to everyone, with a tactile route that is safe for people with vision impairments, informational plaques in Braille, and an entirely wheelchair-accessible pathway. The monument also provides beepers and a Braille map to its visually impaired visitors to ensure their safety. Personnel and guides at the Stupa have also been trained in the needs of the differently abled.

LAKSHMANA TEMPLE, CHHATTISGARH

The Lakshmana Temple in Chhattisgarh’s Mahasamund district has also made efforts to guarantee that every visitor has the same chance to take in the beauty of the structure. The monument enables its visitors to observe the temple in all its splendour through the tactile route and Braille sign boards. Visitors can easily access the monument without any trouble.

FORT KOCHI, KERALA

Fort Kochi became India's first handicapped-accessible tourist destination in 2016. Kerala Tourism took a positive step forward by installing specially designed ramps and non-slip tiles to make it easier for the elderly and those with disabilities to move around. Kerala Tourism later provided self-operating ramps, special hotel restrooms, and even one-of-a-kind houseboats.

FATEHPUR SIKRI, UTTAR PRADESH

The group of monuments in Fatehpur Sikri won the award for the most well-maintained and accessible monument in the country in 2013. The monument is easily accessible to both the elderly and the differently-abled, with features such as ramps, Braille sign boards, special toilets and ticket counters, a defined route, and dedicated parking.

Also Read: Rajasthan's Mangarh Dham now declared a National Monument

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