Visitors to Humayun’s Tomb will shortly be able to spend time in the extensive garden complex housing the monument until 9 pm, one of 10 historic sites to now open late.
The 16th-century monument covering the grave of Mughal emperor Humayun is among 10 monuments, handled by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and other groups, that will be kept open till late to entice more tourists. The statement was made by Prahlad Singh Patel, union minister for tourism and culture while speaking in the Parliament.
Another Delhi monument, Safdarjung’s Tomb, also features in the list prepared by a committee including officials of the culture and tourism ministries. Bijapur’s Gol Gumbaz, Sheikh Chilli’s Tomb in Kurukshetra, Bhubaneswar’s Rajarani Temple Complex, Khajuraho’s Duladeo Temple, Varanasi’s Man Mahal, Rani-ki-Vav stepwell in Gujarat’s Patan, a group of monuments in Karnataka’s Bagalkot, a UNESCO Heritage site and a clutch of temples in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli area make up the list.
Culture ministry officials stated that the new plan will be executed within the next few days and will be in place for an initial term of three years. As of now, the monuments that come under ASI, the body assigned with managing tourist operations at heritage sites, are mostly open till sundown.
“These 10 monuments are in the first phase of the plan, and we are considering more such monuments to be open till later in the near future,” stated Patel.
ASI’s most famous monument, the Taj Mahal, did not find a mention on the list. The 17th-century monument premises, though, is open for night-time tours five days every month — on full moon nights and two nights before and after it.