Under the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project of the Indian Government, the historic Dara Shikoh library in Delhi is all set to undergo renovation. It is a Mughal-era library and the eldest son of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Dara Shikoh had built it. Located near Delhi’s Kashmere Gate, the library used to be the personal library of Dara Shikoh. However, after stepbrother Aurangzeb killed Dara Shikoh, the library passed through several hands. Later, the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) converted it into a museum. Today, as the building is on the verge of decaying, the government is working on revamping it. Read on to know more.
The Library Came Into Existence In 1637
The Ministry of Tourism has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with several government agencies under the tourism ministry, culture ministry and the Government of Delhi NCT to restore and maintain the historic Dara Shikoh library. Reportedly, the Mughals used the library for multiple purposes. Dara Shikoh, who was known for his intellect, had set up the library in 1637. The books are lost, but the building is still there, though in a decayed state. The prince had a great interest in architecture and he had built his own mansion near the Kashmiri gate, which had the library. Today, the library lies inside the campus of Ambedkar University. Meanwhile, Delhi recently got its first Museum of Illusions.
What Is ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Project?
With the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ initiative, the government aims to ensure high quality and provision of amenities across all heritage and natural tourist spots to render an enriched tourism experience to travellers. The Honourable President of India launched the project on September 27, 2017, on the occasion of World Tourism Day. The revamping of the Dara Shikoh library is the 28th MoU that the tourism ministry has signed under the scheme. The project will include the development of the building and also the maintenance of basic amenities like toilets, trash bins, drinking water, cleanliness, etc. For now, enjoy this virtual tour of Delhi’s iconic monuments from the comfort of your couch: