Wheelchair-Friendly Tourist Attractions in India

Everyone deserves to explore the amazing Indian heritage- its forts, temples, and legacy of thousands of years. If you are in search of some fantastic Indian spots that are wheelchair-friendly, here are some of the popular tourist destinations that are heaven for travelers who use wheelchairs. 

1. Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, Bengaluru, Karnataka

The first ASI monument in Karnataka to transform into a disabled-friendly tourist attraction, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace should be on your radar if you are a fan of Indo-Islamic architecture. Referred to as Rash-e-Jannat or envy of heaven by the emperor himself, the palace is full of ornate & bright frescos, royal arches, teak pillars. If you are an art aficionado, you can spend some time in the Museum inside the complex, full of paintings depicting Tipu Sultan’s life, silver vessels and a life-size replica of Tipu Sultan’s pet tiger.

Extensive work has been done to make it totally-disabled friendly, and one can see tactile pathways and wheelchair accessible spots all around the palace. One can also ask for a Braille Brochure and move around with Braille signage for visually-impaired tourists.

  • Entry Fee: INR 15 for Local Tourists & INR 150 for Foreigners (Camera Charges INR 25)
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessible Pathways, Washrooms, Braille Brochure & Signage

 

2. Sanchi Stupa, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Sanchi Stupa is located 46 kilometers away from the state capital, Bhopal and is known for ancient heritage dating back to the Mauryan era. The place holds religious significance for Buddhists and is the oldest stone structure in India. Carved out of a single rock, the stupa enshrines ancient relics associated with Gautam Buddha. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the stupa is carved with beautiful railings, stairways, gateways, and harmika. The carvings on the gateways depict the early life of Buddha and Jataka tales. A museum with ancient artifacts excavated from the vicinity is managed by ASI, making the place more attractive for an art and history lover.

The monument is entirely accessible by individual pathways for wheelchair, and one can also ask for braille map & beepers from the authorities for people with visual imparities. The guides are also well-trained to help tourists with special needs.

  • Entry Fee: INR 40 for Indian/SAARC/BIMSTEC Tourists & INR 600 for Foreigners
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessible Pathways, Braille Signage

3. Lakshmana Temple, Sirpur, Chhattisgarh

Sirpur is an important historical and religious site both for the Hindus and Buddhists as it was home to several ancient monasteries, temples, and monuments. The temples were commissioned by rules of the Sarabhpuriyas & Panduvamsis dynasties.

Lakshmana Temple is the largest of all the temples and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The whole architecture of the temple depicts stories associated with Lord Vishnu & his incarnations. Archeological excavations around the temple have brought up some temples dedicated to Shiva & Vishnu along with Buddhist Viharas, Snana Kund & an ancient marketplace. Make sure to visit the place during the month of January as the town hosts a seasonal fair on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

The whole temple complex is equipped with tactile & wheelchair-accessible pathways and Braille sign boards for easy access.

  • Entry Fee: INR 25 for Indian/SAARC/BIMSTEC Tourists & INR 300 for Foreigners
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessible Pathways, Braille Signage

 

4. Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala

The first disabled-friendly heritage tourist spot in Kerela, Fort Kochi is a region known for lakes and estuaries. Also known as Old Kochi, it is an ideal spot to observe local fishers or for a soothing stroll. The fort here was established by British Traders in the year 1503 and is surrounded by some other structures like a Dutch Cemetery, Dutch Cottages, and farmhouses. It is one of the first European townships in India and portrays a slice of European history in everything around. The area surrounding the fort is also famous for Chinese fishing nets put by local fishermen and attracts many tourists.

The fort is equipped to provide a great travel experience for tourists with visual, mobility, cognitive and hearing impairments and has specially-designed ramps with non-slippery tiles for easy access using wheelchairs.

  • Entry Fee: No Fee
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessible Pathways, Non-slippery tiles, Washrooms & Food Stalls

5. Kukkuteshwara Swamy Temple, Pithapuram, Andhra Pradesh

Pithapuram is one of the most important pilgrimage spots in the country. Known for beautiful ancient temples, the region attracts millions of tourists and devotees from all around the world. Kukkuteshwara Swamy Temple is one of the largest temples in Pithapuram dedicated to Lord Shiva. Along with this temple, there are some others like Sripada Srivallabha Temple, Sri Viswa Vizwana Peetham Temple & Kunthi Madhava Swami Temple which dates back to the Mahabharata period.

If you are in search of divine enlightenment, you can think of visiting this spot. The whole region is wheelchair friendly and provides easy access to essential facilities.

  • Entry Fee: No Fee
  • Facilities: Non-slippery Tiles, Wheelchair Accessible Pathways, Washrooms & Food Stalls

Now that you know these fantastic wheelchair-friendly tourist spots don’t stay back. Take a leap beyond the conventional Golden Quadrilateral Route known for being disabled-friendly and explore a new destination on your next trip. If you are worried about reaching these spots, you can book an outstation rental cab from Beep. Beep is a fast-growing cab aggregation platform that offers outstation rental cabs at really affordable prices. So, don’t think about mobility and access and get going now!

Take your pick from the most splendid tours to travel without barriers! Choose an experience, a destination, an activity, and pack your bags. Know that you #CanDo, and we’ll take care of the rest.

 

 

 

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