Hyderabad: The Union Culture Ministry has announced that all ticketed centrally protected monuments will be free for all visitors from August 5 to 15. The decision has been taken in view of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ as part of the commemoration of 75 years of India’s independence.
The ASI said on Wednesday that no entry fee would be charged from any visitor, domestic, or foreign. All museums of the ASI would also be free for all visitors.
All ticketed monuments across the country protected by the Union government under the ASI, including Taj Mahal, Golconda Fort and Charminar will be free for visitors from August 5 to 15.
There are four ASI-protected monuments in Telangana, including three in Hyderabad and one in Warangal. These monuments are the Archaeological Site Museum in Kondapur (Hyderabad), Charminar (Hyderabad), Golconda Fort (Hyderabad) and Warangal Fort (Warangal).
Announcing the same, union minister G. Kishan Reddy tweeted, “As part of ‘Azadi ka #AmritMahotsav’ and 75th I-Day celebrations, @ASIGoI has made Entry Free for the visitors/tourists to all its protected monuments/sites across the country, from 5th -15th August 2022”.
The Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, an initiative of the Narendra Modi-led Central government to celebrate and commemorate the 75 years of India’s independence, began on March 12, 2021, starting a 75-week countdown to India’s 75th anniversary of independence which will be celebrated on August 15, 2022.