Free entry to all ASI-protected monuments till August 15

As a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav by the Indian government, the Archaeological Survey of India has made entry to all protected monuments, sites, and museums free.

An initiative of the Government of India, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is all about commemorating 75 years of Independence and celebrating the glorious history of its people, culture, and achievements.​​ The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has announced that entry to all ticketed government-protected monuments would be free of charge from August 5 to August 15, as a part of the initiative.

The Ministry of Culture is overseeing the cultural events to celebrate the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Taking to social media, Union Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy shared a statement of the ASI that said no fee shall be charged at any ticketed centrally-protected monument as well as archeological sites and museums across the country during the entire duration of the celebration.

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Visit the most breathtaking monuments across India for free this Independence Day. Image: Shutterstock/Amit kg.

As of now, there are 3,693 monuments protected by the ASI across India, with the highest number (745) in Uttar Pradesh. The free entry is provided to Indian travellers as well as foreign visitors who plan to visit these sites.  

Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is well placed to set-off India on the road to India@2047. This campaign has focussed on the overarching role of culture and heritage in enabling a nation to remember the past, celebrate the present, and aspire for a better future,” the Union Ministry of Culture had said.

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Agra Fort is one of the 3,693 ASI-protected monuments and sites in the country. Image: Shutterstock/Roop_Dey.

To take the celebration a step higher, different events will be conducted including a cleaning campaign and exhibitions, which will take place in Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Guru Ka Tal. The official journey of the initiative commenced in March 2021. It started as a 75-week countdown to India’s 75th anniversary of independence, and will end post a year on August 15, 2023.

As per reports, a ‘swachhata’ campaign of 40 monuments will also take place from August 8 to 15. Monuments like the Agra Fort, Akbar’s Tomb at Sikandra, Fatehpur Sikri, and Itmad-ud-daulah will be lit up. These monuments are found in different geographical settings which sheds light on historical eras, prehistoric and colonial times.

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