The corridors of Tirumalai Nayak Palace were abuzz with trainees from numerous schools as they lost themselves amidst the pillars, here on Wednesday.
The trainees who checked out the palace as part of World Heritage Week said that they were eagerly anticipating seeing the jewels and armoury used by the Nayak rulers and included that they were notified of the significance of the week ahead of their arrival to the monolith that early morning.
A board outside the mahal revealed that entry could be gained free of charge into the monolith from November 19 till November 25 to the palace.
Officials from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Madurai said that the rule used to all websites handled by them.
” It is a nation-wide relocation to raise awareness about our abundant heritage,” an ASI authorities stated.
Nevertheless, regardless of the verification from the department, few travelers said that they knew the events.
Santosh Mengle who had taken a trip to Madurai from Mumbai said that he was touring the South as part of a packaged service.
“Our trip guides charged us for entry even before we came here. Only then did we read the sign specifying that entry is complimentary. We have asked the service to return our money for the websites,” he stated.
His spouse, Jyothi, stated that if ASI takes to social networks about such an effort, more travelers will visit such places and notify pals and family.
“After all, this city is filled with history. Well informed local guides, pamphlets or even present stores can increase their [ASI’s] income, making Madurai a great location,” she said.
She included that as a staff member at a personal travel site, free entry into monuments would assist in tourist retention too.
Tamar Abadi, a traveler from Israel stated that a directed map of locations near the Tirumalai Nayak Palace would assist her browse quickly. “This monolith looks wonderful. I would like to see more. It is fitting that totally free entry is offered to this palace. If we are intimated about other locations for foreigners to get complimentary entry, it would be beneficial,” she stated.
An authorities from the Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department in-charge of the Palace stated that illustration and painting competitions were held last year to commemorate World Heritage Week however since regional body surveys might be soon approaching, senior authorities have asked for the celebrations to be subtle.
” To compensate, we are hosting a five-day workshop in 6 cities across the State on epigraphy and archaeology in December,” he said. He added that regardless of the lack of ad, thousands checked out the palace over November 19 and 20.