Jaipur Likely to Become World Heritage City (Download PDF)

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Jaipur is next proposed site for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization) world heritage recognition, as informed by Union Minister for Culture, Rajasthan, in Rajya Sabha recently.

Image of World Heritage City status

Image of World Heritage City Status

Image of World Heritage City status

  • Teams of UNESCO & ASI are likely to visit city to review its eligibility for World Heritage City status.

Significance of World Heritage City Status for Jaipur

  • It will be big step for development of city if Jaipur gets recognition under UNESCO as World Heritage city as it will directly have positive impact on local economy & boost domestic & international tourism.

  • There will be rise in employment & business of local handicrafts around world.

  • Preparations are going on in Jaipur to get World heritage status. Officials from 8 departments w/4 experts will review process of work Friday.

  • They will conduct meetings at several places in city according to world heritage project officer’s information.

Review of Following Works Will Be Done Before Visit of UNESCO & ASI Teams to Jaipur:

  • Work progress on historic doors of city.

  • Development work in monuments.

  • Restoration of all ancient walls.

  • Restoration of Choti- Badi Chaupar (Market).

  • Refinement of city’s special street food.

  • Presentation strategy of bangles of Laakh, Gold enamels & handicraft of Jaipur.

  • Jaipur is famous for its rich heritage & culture across world which makes it perfect for world heritage site.

Some Key Components of Walled City of Jaipur:

Amer Fort:

  • Majestic citadel built by Maan Singh, Amer is situated on high hillock of Aravali.

  • Once capital of Rajasthan before Jaipur, it is quite popular among local & overseas tourists for regal elephant rides, its exemplary architecture & Sound & Light Show which pays tribute to Rajputana heritage in Amitabh Bachchan’s baritone.

Sheesh Mahal:

  • Mesmerizing Sheesh Mahal situated w/I fort is adorned w/millions of glass mirrors on walls & ceiling, which offer fascinating aura to visitors of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in Jaipur.

Nahargarh Fort:

  • This mesmerizing fort formed strong defense ring & created strong protecting force for Amer & Jaigarh Fort.

  • Comprising 7 palaces w/I its walls, it offers highest point, which gives awesome aerial view of city.

  • Fort recently had few additions in form of zoo & wax museum.

Jaigarh Fort:

  • Built in 18th century, Jaigarh Fort is majestic palace which houses world’s largest canon originally built to protect Amber Fort.

  • Amber & Jaigarh are connected thru secret tunnel.

Jantar Mantar:

  • This is heritage site which speaks of phenomenal expression of untold mysteries of universe.

  • Astronomical skills are made to bespeak in form of distinguished architecture which brings out discrete observations fascinating visitors from diff. parts of world.

Albert Hall:

  • Albert Hall is basically state museum of Rajasthan which houses marvelous paintings, exquisite sculptures & interesting objects bespeaking story of their historic significance.

  • Constructed in 1876, Albert Hall is oldest museum in state which has gained enormous fame for its Indo-Saracenic architecture.

  • Surrounded by lush greenery from all sides, it basks in colorful lighting during night hours under night tourism concept launched by Rajasthan Tourism recently.

City Palace:

This palace covers major portion of walled city. This magnanimous palace showcases world’s largest silver containers which were once used to carry water during Maharajas’ entourages to diff. countries of world.

Hawa Mahal:

  • W/intact 953 honeycombed kharokhas (windows), Hawa Mahal enjoys credit of being tallest building in world w/o foundation.

  • There is no front door & hence one needs to enter palace from behind.

  • It is called Palace of Winds owing to its 5-story exterior w/953 windows which help in keeping palace cool as wind blows gently.

Jal Mahal:

  • This is architectural wonder.

  • W/5-story palace, there are 2 floors which are visible on top of water in middle of Maan Sagar Lake while other 3 remain hidden in water.

  • Palace seems as if floating in water & gives surreal feel especially at night w/colorful lights all around.

World Heritage Sites of India

  • Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Fatehpur Sikri & forts of Rajasthan are among 37 World Heritage Sites of India under protection of ASI.

  • ‘Victorian and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai’ being latest addition to list. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) submitted proposal to UNESCO in 2015 for recognizing Jaipur as World Heritage City.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 22, 2018

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