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Accessibility
Historical Monuments

Arushi, working closely with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), has made several historical monuments accessible.

Arushi’s training in caring for tourists with disabilities is part of the essential training at the ASI. Every year, for a week, Arushi trains the staff and the guides at the Sanchi Stupas to sensitize them to the needs of tourists with disabilities, including wheelchair users and those with visual impairment. Volunteers of Arushi have conducted training and awareness programs at other historical sites in Madhya Pradesh – the Bhimbetka Caves, Bhojpur, Khajuraho and Mandu in an effort to make these completely barrier-free too.


The world-famous Sanchi stupas are completely wheelchair accessible and have signages and information plaques in Braille.

All monuments of Mandu- Baaj Bahadur Palace, Jehaaz Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Tomb of Hoshangshah, are having information plaques in Braille.
The historic Laxman Temple, Sirpur, Chhattisgarh is also wheelchair accessible and has information plaques in Braille.

Our work does not end at making a monument barrier-free. For people with disabilities to be able to use these spaces, the people in-charge need to be sensitized too.
Arushi has installed Braille information boards at the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort, Agra.

Sarnath Circle(Tomb of Lal Khan, Ramabhar Stupa, Man Mahal, The Parinirvana Temple, Kushrubagh, Lord Cornawallis Tomb, Prahalad pur Pillar, Chaukhandi Stupa, Dhamekh Stupa, Ashokan Pillar, Gulab Bari and Tomb of Shujaudaulah.)

Tipu Sultan Summer Palace in Bangalore is made accessible by placing special tiles from entrance to the monument and to the public utility places. Braille information plaques are installed and disabled friendly with all facilities of the disabled
Information plaques at various forts of Rajasthan i.e. Jaisalmer, Ranthambhor, Kalibangan, Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh
Martand, Sun Temple in Srinagar is also having information plaques in Braille.
(Residency Building, Balley Guard Gate, Banqueting hall, Begum Kothi, Dr. Fayrer's House, St. Mary Church and Cemetery)
To provide equitable and safe access to persons with disabilities; to maximise their independence; and to allow them to travel with dignity, Arushi with the help of the Bhopal Railway Division has made the Bhopal Railway Station and the Habibganj Railway Station disabled-friendly – the first and only ones in India.
The Bhopal Railway Station has special pathway and warning tiles for persons with disabilities. The Habibganj Railway Station has a designated parking place for wheelchair users who arrive on tri-cycles, warning blisters, boarding entry ramps, wheelchairs and disabled-friendly toilets. The Railway Time Table is available in Braille, as also the seat numbers in the ISO 9000 certified Hazrat Nizamuddin Express that runs between New Delhi and Bhopal.
Arushi has also been successful in getting disability awareness information printed on Railway Reservation forms.

To provide equitable and safe access to persons with disabilities; to maximise their independence; and to allow them to travel with dignity, Arushi with the help of the Bhopal Railway Division has made the Bhopal Railway Station and the Habibganj Railway Station disabled-friendly – the first and only ones in India. As early as in 1999, Arushi’s advocacy led to the opening of India’s first disabled-friendly bank – a branch of the Central Bank of India branch in Bhopal was made completely barrier-free with ramps and counters at low levels for wheelchair users.
Over the years, Arushi has worked relentlessly to make more and more public spaces barrier-free. Spread over 200 acres, Bhopal’s Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya has signages and information boards in Braille. Many other landmarks in the city like the Regional Museum of Natural History, the National Park, the State Museum, Bharat Bhavan and Bhopal Haat are all accessible public spaces with ramps, pathway and warning tiles, and information in Braille. Even the historical Gauhar Mahal, where alterations were initially met with resistance due to the sensitive nature of its legacy, is now completely accessible.
All information signs in the museum and gardens at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, have also been transcribed into Braille by Arushi.
When Marine Drive, Mumbai’s most outstanding landmark, was being renovated, Arushi approached the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority to make it accessible for people with disabilities. Shri Gulzar convinced the authorities that by doing so the city of Mumbai would be setting a model for the rest of the country to follow.
The new-look Marine Drive with its promenade and fountains, greenery and street furniture has been designed keeping in mind the needs of persons with disabilities. Novel features including a pathway for blind and wheelchair users have been installed. A three kilometre stretch along the waterfront is now a disabled-friendly space. Ramps for entry and exit, and signboards placed above head level are the other significant alterations done with Arushi’s advocacy.