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A worker spray disinfects at Taj Mahal premises in Agra on Monday, a day before its reopening.(ANI Photo)

Centrally protected monuments open from today, 650 people allowed in Taj Mahal

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 16, 2021 05:34 AM IST
The Archaeological Survey of India has mandated strict compliance with central and state government orders on Covid-19. The visitors inside the Taj Mahal won't be allowed to touch anything, said ASI officials.
Entry to Taj Mahal will be allowed only via online tickets.(PTI Photo)
Entry to Taj Mahal will be allowed only via online tickets.(PTI Photo)

Taj Mahal to reopen tomorrow. All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2021 07:33 PM IST
  • No more than 650 people will be allowed inside Taj Mahal at a given time. Teams will be deputed to monitor the crowd in the heritage place at all times, said Agra district magistrate Prabhi N Singh.
A deserted view of Taj Mahal due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, in Agra on Thursday. ((ANI Photo))
A deserted view of Taj Mahal due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, in Agra on Thursday. ((ANI Photo))

Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri to undergo conservation work amid lockdown

PTI |
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2021 09:10 AM IST
As monuments have been closed till May 15 due to the spike in Covid-19 cases, the Archaeological Survey of India will utilise that time in conservation of Taj Mahal premises, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri
CISF personnel urge tourist to wear mask, at Taj Mahal in this file photo from April 13, 2021. (PTI Photo)
CISF personnel urge tourist to wear mask, at Taj Mahal in this file photo from April 13, 2021. (PTI Photo)

All centrally protected monuments, museums closed for visitors till May 15

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2021 08:21 PM IST
Union minister Prahlad Patel tweeted that the decision was taken due to surge in Covid-19 cases.
On April 8, a Varanasi local court asked the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a “comprehensive physical survey” of the Gyanvapi mosque premises.
On April 8, a Varanasi local court asked the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a “comprehensive physical survey” of the Gyanvapi mosque premises.

Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi mosque case: Sunni board moves HC

By JItendra Sarin, Prayagraj
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2021 02:58 AM IST
  • The religious dispute – similar to the one in Ayodhya – is decades old and first reached the courts in 1991
The FIR details the siege by the protesters, damage to the property and the response by the security forces at the Unesco World Heritage Site.(Reuters)
The FIR details the siege by the protesters, damage to the property and the response by the security forces at the Unesco World Heritage Site.(Reuters)

ASI files FIR in Red Fort violence, crime branch to probe the case

By Prawesh Lama, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2021 04:12 AM IST
On Tuesday, several groups among thousands of farmers who were camping at Delhi’s border demanding withdrawal of three new farm laws, arrived at the Red Fort without warning and in violation of the terms of their tractor rally, and clashed with police.
A view of Qutub Minar shrouded in a dense layer of fog, in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A view of Qutub Minar shrouded in a dense layer of fog, in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

HC directs SDMC, ASI to look into illegal construction near Qutub Minar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Richa Banka
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 02:11 AM IST
Justice Najmi Waziri, while hearing a plea on December 23 by one Rishi Sehdev, said, “The construction has been carried out in such a large area – surely, this could not have escaped the attention of either the police, the ASI or the corporation,” the court said.
A view of Humayun's Tomb. The exemption will not be applicable at 27 sites, including the Taj Mahal, Ajanta and Ellora caves, Humayun’s Tomb and Hampi.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
A view of Humayun's Tomb. The exemption will not be applicable at 27 sites, including the Taj Mahal, Ajanta and Ellora caves, Humayun’s Tomb and Hampi.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

75 years of Independence: Filming at centrally protected monuments free until August 15

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 12:31 PM IST
An ASI statement said online permission is needed to carry out shootings. It added the waiver is being provided to promote the lesser popular monuments
The monuments allowed to open included the Taj Mahal, Afsah-wala-ki-Masjid situated outside the west gate of Humayun’s Tomb with its dalans and paved court, Nizamuddin, the Qutub Minar and Nizammudin dargah in Delhi.(PTI PHOTO.)
The monuments allowed to open included the Taj Mahal, Afsah-wala-ki-Masjid situated outside the west gate of Humayun’s Tomb with its dalans and paved court, Nizamuddin, the Qutub Minar and Nizammudin dargah in Delhi.(PTI PHOTO.)

Cap on number of visitors to centrally-protected monuments lifted

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 06:11 PM IST
The cap on the number of visitors was issued to monuments, which after being shut for over two months due to the Covid-19 crisis, were allowed to open from June 8, Hindustan Times reported.
A person holds an old photograph of the Tomb of Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan also known as Rahim's Tomb, to draw comparison after the completion of its restoration work, near Nizamuddin, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A person holds an old photograph of the Tomb of Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan also known as Rahim's Tomb, to draw comparison after the completion of its restoration work, near Nizamuddin, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Delhi: A restored Rahim’s Tomb opens to public today after six years

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 06:37 AM IST
Built in 1598 by Rahim for his wife Mah Banu, historians say the building was the first Mughal monument built for a woman and the architectural innovation developed there “informed the designs of Taj Mahal”. Following his death in 1627, Rahim’s body was also placed there.
The casket of Spanish Jesuit St Francis Xavier at the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa.(HT PHOTO)
The casket of Spanish Jesuit St Francis Xavier at the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa.(HT PHOTO)

ASI to begin restoration of St Francis Xavier’s 400-year-old casket in Goa

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
PUBLISHED ON DEC 09, 2020 02:59 PM IST
Three specialists from Italy had sounded an alarm in 2018 and urged that the casket must be attended to with top priority or else, it would fall apart within the next 10 years.
The structures were discovered after locals removed a few layers of sand in the river to construct a ghaat for Chhath Puja. The water level in the river is low these days.(AFP File)
The structures were discovered after locals removed a few layers of sand in the river to construct a ghaat for Chhath Puja. The water level in the river is low these days.(AFP File)

Bihar: Remains of ancient structures discovered in Chandan river

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Reena Sopam
PUBLISHED ON NOV 23, 2020 12:10 PM IST
The brick structures, which are spread over a vast area in the river, were first spotted by the locals of Bhadaria village who were preparing for Chhath Puja celebrations and were trying to create a ghat on the banks of the Chandan river for the rituals
On the reading list this week is a book on archaeology in India, a volume on the guns of a royal collector, and a searing debut novel on Naga life in the troubled 1980s and 1990s.(HT Team)
On the reading list this week is a book on archaeology in India, a volume on the guns of a royal collector, and a searing debut novel on Naga life in the troubled 1980s and 1990s.(HT Team)

HT Picks: New Reads

Hindustan Times | By HT Team
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 08:24 PM IST
This week’s interesting reads includes a book on post-Independence archaeology in India, one on the guns of the Maharaja of Jodhpur, and a debut novel on Naga life in the troubled final decades of the twentieth century
The plan is the first step before the government can initiate efforts to conserve them. While some could be conserved by the government, others may need a public private partnership. (Image used for representation).(HT FILE PHOTO.)
The plan is the first step before the government can initiate efforts to conserve them. While some could be conserved by the government, others may need a public private partnership. (Image used for representation).(HT FILE PHOTO.)

Bengal to map its forgotten religious institutions in remote areas for conservation

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 04:41 PM IST
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that a decision to map all these religious institutions has been taken by the information and cultural affairs department under two programs.
Natesh Shiva stolen in 1998 being returned to India
Natesh Shiva stolen in 1998 being returned to India

Stolen in 1998, rare Shiva statue on way from London to India

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 07:01 AM IST
The Shiva statue’s return to India is the latest in recent such priceless items recovered in the UK and handed over to the Indian mission, which has been working with British authorities to trace, seize and retrieve several stolen artefacts.
Officials from the culture ministry said the decision to open these sites outside containment zones was taken in consultation with ASI.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Officials from the culture ministry said the decision to open these sites outside containment zones was taken in consultation with ASI.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Monuments to open, Setu app must

Hindutsan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2020 06:40 AM IST
The official said there will be thermal scanners at the entry points, and visitors’ status on Aarogya Setu will be checked before they are allowed entry. ASI will also collect visitors’ phone numbers in case contact-tracing needs to be done.
HT Image
HT Image

Hansi’s historical sites now den of drug addicts

Hindustan Times, Hisar | By HT Correspondent, Hansi (hisar)
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2020 01:12 AM IST
The 800-year-old Sun Temple in Konark built by Ganga dynasty king Langula Narasingha Dev to worship the Sun God has already lost its main temple and Natya Mandap and only the Jagamohan (porch) remains.(HT PHOTO.)
The 800-year-old Sun Temple in Konark built by Ganga dynasty king Langula Narasingha Dev to worship the Sun God has already lost its main temple and Natya Mandap and only the Jagamohan (porch) remains.(HT PHOTO.)

A century after British sealed it, ASI to remove sand from Konark Sun Temple

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON FEB 29, 2020 10:27 PM IST
The Central Building Research Institute at Roorkee that conducted a scientific study into the temple’s structural stability between 2013 and 2018 will assist ASI in the work.
Shivneri Fort in Pune is set to come under a massive conservation and development project.(HT Photo)
Shivneri Fort in Pune is set to come under a massive conservation and development project.(HT Photo)

Shivaji’s birthplace Shivneri fort gets Rs 23 cr for conservation

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2020 02:28 PM IST
The conservation plan for Shivneri fort will include a museum at its fort, restoration and beautification of the citadel.
The four pillars have been constructed at a budget of around ₹4 crore.(HT PHOTO)
The four pillars have been constructed at a budget of around ₹4 crore.(HT PHOTO)

Pillars depicting ancient history erected at IIT Ropar

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Bahadurjeet Singh, Rupnagar
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2019 09:29 AM IST
Each facade carries carvings of unique stories built around central figures of the Indus Valley Civilisation
Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar, Dharmendra Pradhan and Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurate an interactive digital exhibition on 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)
Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar, Dharmendra Pradhan and Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurate an interactive digital exhibition on 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

Single use plastic banned near monuments, announces tourism minister Prahlad Patel

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2019 09:56 PM IST
India currently ranks 36th on the World Tourism Index. Patel said that the tourism ministry has the potential to improve the country’s ranking.
According to Joshi, the government has not called for any consultation or recommendations from the committee members or historians.(HT image)
According to Joshi, the government has not called for any consultation or recommendations from the committee members or historians.(HT image)

Maharashtra forts: Promote heritage tourism, but with regulations, say experts from Pune

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Parth Welankar
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2019 04:09 PM IST
Certain regulations and limitations while promoting the heritage is a must to prevent further destruction of the forts in the state, said Joshi. 
Restoration work underway on iconic Leh Palace.(PTI)
Restoration work underway on iconic Leh Palace.(PTI)

Archaeological Survey of India restores age-old murals of 17th century Leh Palace

Leh | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON SEP 01, 2019 04:50 PM IST
ASI recently began the restoration of the age-old wall art located on its sixth floor of Leh Palace.
Large parts of the garden has disappeared, and the remaining 180 acres converted into a park managed by the DDA.(biplov Bhuyan/HT)
Large parts of the garden has disappeared, and the remaining 180 acres converted into a park managed by the DDA.(biplov Bhuyan/HT)

Lieutenant Governor orders for restoration of Sheesh Mahal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Adrija Roychowdhury
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2019 01:36 AM IST
On Saturday, Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal, also the chairman of the DDA, visited the monument along with his officials and those from the ASI and decided on a project to restore the monument and redevelop the park.
The complex consisting of the monuments, located in Hauz Khas Village in south Delhi, is not a ticketed area.(HT image)
The complex consisting of the monuments, located in Hauz Khas Village in south Delhi, is not a ticketed area.(HT image)

Delhi’s Hauz Khas lake to be lit up

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2019 01:22 AM IST
While the Hauz Khas lake was built by Khilji, the surrounding monuments were built by Tughlaq ruler, Feroz Shah Tughlaq between 1352 and 1354 AD.
The 16th century mausoleum of Mughal emperor Humayun and the 18th century tomb of Safdarjung, a prime minister in the Mughal court, were two monuments from Delhi that were selected for the extended timings.(HT image)
The 16th century mausoleum of Mughal emperor Humayun and the 18th century tomb of Safdarjung, a prime minister in the Mughal court, were two monuments from Delhi that were selected for the extended timings.(HT image)

Safdarjung and Humayun tombs to stay open till 9 pm

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2019 12:28 AM IST
Safdarjung’s tomb underwent complete illumination in July this year. The dome of Humayun’s tomb, on the other hand, was lit up in September 2018.
Humayun's Tomb is one of the two Delhi monuments that will remain open till 9 pm to attract more visitors.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Humayun's Tomb is one of the two Delhi monuments that will remain open till 9 pm to attract more visitors.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

Humayun’s Tomb among 10 monuments across India to stay open till 9pm; Taj Mahal missing

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2019 03:33 PM IST
Culture ministry officials said the new plan will be implemented within the next few days and will be in place for an initial term of three years.
The damaged portion of the outer wall of Quila Mubarak in Bathinda.(Sanjeev Kumar / HT Photo)
The damaged portion of the outer wall of Quila Mubarak in Bathinda.(Sanjeev Kumar / HT Photo)

Bathinda’s Gobindgarh Fort crumbling, poses threat to visitors

Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By Vishal Joshi, Bathinda
PUBLISHED ON JUN 06, 2019 12:03 PM IST
Popularly known as Quila Mubarak, considered as the oldest surviving fort in the country, it is believed to be the place where Razia Sultana, the only woman emperor to rule Delhi, was imprisoned by Malik Altunia, the then governor and her husband.
Farah Baug is a 16th-century summer palace of the Ahmednagar sultanate.(HT Photo)
Farah Baug is a 16th-century summer palace of the Ahmednagar sultanate.(HT Photo)

How 16th-century Ahmednagar palace in Maharashtra stayed cool in summer

Hindustan Times | By Snehal Fernandes, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2019 12:35 AM IST
The natural cooling technique kept temperatures inside the building 8-12 degrees Celsius lower than the 46 to 48 degrees Celsius that the region experiences between March and June
An official showing the newly unearthed tunnel-shaped structure at the Chhatar Manzil, Lucknow.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)
An official showing the newly unearthed tunnel-shaped structure at the Chhatar Manzil, Lucknow.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)

Third tunnel-shaped structure unearthed at Lucknow’s Chhatar Manzil

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2019 01:23 PM IST
Officials engaged in the excavation work at Lucknow’s Chattar Manzil said the structure was around 1m wide and so far, about 8 metres of length had been excavated. A few conjectured that it could be a drain.
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