The Ministry of Culture on Saturday lauded the inscription of Jaipur city in the Unesco World Heritage Site list, which is now the 38th Indian site to enter this list. Calling the move a landmark achievement, an official statement said that culture minister Prahlad Singh Patel has thanked the global community for recognizing the historic and cultural importance of the pink city.
The decision was taken in the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee held at Baku, Azerbaijan. With this, India now has 38 World Heritage Sites, that include 30 cultural properties, 7 natural properties and one mixed site.
“India’s nomination was initially recommended by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) as Deferral, but the World Heritage Committee debated it and decided to inscribe it on the list,” the Ministry said.
It also shared excerpts of the presented proposed statement of the outstanding universal value before the World Heritage Committee. “The City of Jaipur is an exceptional urban example in indigenous city planning and construction in South Asia.
“Besides an exemplary planning, its iconic monuments such as the Govind Dev temple, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal excel in artistic and architectural craftsmanship of the period,” the Ministry added.
The proposal also called the historic walled city and Rajasthan’s capital an “expression of the astronomical skills, living traditions, unique urban form and exemplary foresighted city planning of an 18th century city from India.” (IANS)
India is famous for its architecture, especially forts
Indian forts are some of the most famous forts in the world
Indian forts are a great way of learning about Indian history and culture
India is the land of history and culture. The Indian architecture is one of the best in the world. Indian palaces and forts are some of the most admired architectural structures in the world who people come to see and visit from all around the globe. India has some of the biggest forts in the world.
Indian forts like Agra Fort and Red Fort are even recognised by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. India, especially Rajasthan is famous for its forts. It is not unfair to say that most part of India’s tourism thrives on these forts. Here is the list of Indian forts you must visit at least once.
Red Fort in Delhi is one of the most famous forts in India. Th red-stoned fort in Delhi is very central to the Mughal architecture. The Red Fort is a must visit because of its rich culture and history. There are two museums in the fort where one can look at the old arms and clothes of the Mughal rulers.
Amer Fort or the Amber Fort is one of the most explored travelling destinations in Jaipur. It is one of the most well-maintained forts in India and attracts lakhs of tourists towards it every year. One can also enjoy elephant rides in the fort. The Ganesh Pol is one of the most beautifully carved place in the fort.
Chittorgarh Fort is in Rajasthan and is the biggest fort in India. It is spread over in the area of 400 acres. The two pillars called Kirti Stambh and Vijay Stambh are famous for beautiful carvings on them. The fort has water body, temples, complexes and memorials which definitely deserve more exploration by more people.
Gwalior Fort in Madhya Pradesh is one of the most majestic forts of central India. The fort for its military architecture and beautifully painted fortress wall. The Fort brings together religions like Buddhism and Jainism and is definitely a treat for the eyes.
One of the biggest forts in India, Agra Fort is also referred as a walled city because of its massive expansion in 94 acres of area. The fort has special significance because it was here that the Kohinoor diamond was snatched away by the Mughal ruler Babur and it is also the very place where Shah Jahan died.
Jaisalmer Fort is one of the biggest forts in the world. Jaisalmer fort is built on the Trikuta Hill in the Thar Desert with a very strong fortification. The fort is full of historical significance and is famous for the various battles and the bloodshed it has witnessed. This is also one of those India forts which are famous for witnessing Jauhar.
City Palace in Udaipur is one of the most beautiful Indian palaces with a history of more than 400 years. It is a beautiful example of Rajasthani and Mughlai architecture fusion, located on the banks of Lake Pichola. The palace is definitely worth a visit for its magnificence.
Panhala fort in Kolhapur is the largest and most important fort in Maharashtra, looking over the Sahyadri mountain range. This is one the Indian forts which perfectly describe the Marathi architectural style. This fort will neither disappoint the history buffs nor the people who have just come for sightseeing.