Major Monuments with Disability Friendly Facilities in India

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Even in modern times, wheelchair accessibility is not as widespread as it should be. The reality is that many places in India’s infrastructure and public transport systems are not designed to accommodate people with disabilities, which presents several challenges for them and can make getting around much more difficult. Fortunately, with growing awareness, many tourist spots are becoming more considerate and accessible to people with reduced mobility. Many popular tourist destinations in India now offer reception services, infrastructures and transport systems that facilitate travel in wheelchairs or with reduced mobility.

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

Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, Bangalore

Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace in Bengaluru has become Karnataka’s first Archaeological Survey of India monument accessible to the disabled. The monument also has a Braille brochure distributed to visually impaired visitors, Braille signs throughout, and a tactile path leading from the palace gate to the restrooms.

Taj Mahal, Agra

The Taj Mahal is accessible to people with physical disabilities, thanks to nine ramps built around the monument. The administration of the monument also provides wheelchairs for people with disabilities to use when navigating the Taj Mahal campus.

Sanchi stupa, Madhya Pradesh

Sanchi Stupa in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh is another handicapped-accessible landmark. With a secure tactile route for the visually impaired, information plaques in Braille and a fully wheelchair accessible route, the monument opens its doors to everyone. To ensure their safety, the monument also provides disabled visitors with pagers and a Braille map. Stupa staff and guides have also received training on the needs of people with disabilities.

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Lakshmana Temple, Chhattisgarh

The Lakshmana Temple in Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh has also made efforts to ensure that every visitor has an equal chance to enjoy the beauty of the structure. The monument allows its visitors to observe the temple in all its splendor thanks to the tactile route and the Braille panels. Visitors can easily access the monument without any problem.

Fort Kochi, Kerala

In 2016, Fort Kochi became India’s first tourist destination to be designated as handicap accessible. With the addition of specially designed ramps and non-slip tiles to facilitate the movement of elderly and disabled people, Kerala Tourism has taken a positive step forward. Later, Kerala Tourism provided self-contained ramps, special restrooms for hotels, and even unique houseboats.

Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh

The Fatehpur Sikri group of monuments won the award for the best maintained and most accessible monument in the country in 2013. The monument is easily accessible to the elderly and disabled, with features such as ramps, braille signs , toilets and special counters, a defined route and dedicated parking.

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