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Sanchi becomes first blind-friendly heritage site

by Prakash Hatvalne, TNN, Nov 20, 2011

BHOPAL, India -- Buddhist sites in Sanchi from Sunday will become the first friendly world heritage monuments in country for the visually challenged.

Special tactile walkways, signages in Braille, beepers and a Braille map will make the famed Buddhist monuments, including the Stupa, come alive for the visually challenged, who will also be also allowed to "feel" the grandeur in every sense.

Archaeological Survey of India regional director Simadri Bihari Ota said, "This is the first archaeological site in the country where we are taking a visually challenged person from the gate of the site to the monument. We are even allowing them to touch and feel the monuments."

ASI authorities generally prevent visitors from touching the monuments for their better preservation.

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