As part of the 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav,' the Centre has made all Archaeological Survey of India-protected monuments and sites in the country free of charge till August 15. This is part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of India's independence.
"As part of the 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' and 75th I-Day festivities, @ASIGoI has given access to all its protected monuments/sites across the nation free for visitors/tourists from 5th-15th August, 2022," Union Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy said in a tweet. The ASI safeguards over 3,500 monuments across India.
The Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is a Central Government initiative to celebrate and honour the 75th anniversary of India's independence, as well as the wonderful history of its people, culture, and achievements. In the spirit of Jan-Bhagidari, the Mahotsav is celebrated as a Jan-Utsav.
The Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav cultural activities are overseen by the Ministry of Culture. "Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is well placed to set-off India into the Amrit Kaal, on the road to India@2047. This campaign has focused 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.
For the 75th anniversary of independence, Agra, site of the Taj Mahal, has scheduled a flurry of festivities, including a cleaning push and exhibits.