The 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee that took place in Baku, Azerbaijan from 30th June to 10th July deemed a huge success for India as another of its city made it to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Can you guess which one? The walled city of Jaipur got this honor as it got inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jaipur makes it to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list and is the second Indian city to do so after Ahmedabad which was the first one to win this status.
PM Narendra Modi was quite delighted with the news and tweeted, “Jaipur is a city associated with culture and valour. Elegant and energetic, Jaipur’s hospitality draws people from all over. Glad that this city has been inscribed as a World Heritage Site by @UNESCO.”
The World Heritage Committee has representatives of 21 States Parties to the World Heritage Convention and the meet is held annually. ICOMOS (The International Council on Monuments and Sites) inspected the ‘Pink City’ in 2018 after it was nominated and chosen in 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee. The six other sites that were bestowed with this honour are Dilmun Burial Mounds (Bahrain), Megalithic Jar Sites in Xiengkhouang — Plain of Jars (Lao People’s Democratic Republic), Budj Bim Cultural Landscape (Australia), Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group: Mounded Tombs of Ancient Japan (Japan), Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City (China), and Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage of Sawahlunto (Indonesia).
How The Title Would Affect Jaipur
Majestic forts and palaces, colorful bazaars, and the delicious Rajasthani cuisine just begin to describe Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. Founded in 1727 by Maharaj Jai Singh II, this is a popular tourist destination in India. A huge number of tourists frequent the walled city of Jaipur each year and this honor of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site bestowed upon the city would make a number of people visit the place leading to a boost in the local economy. The title would also help an international presence and name for the city of Jaipur. Other than Jaipur, other cities of Rajasthan will benefit too as tourism wouldn’t just improve for Jaipur alone but other places like Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Ranthambore.
This achievement of being selected as the UNESCO site will also help in receiving more funds for cultural initiatives and conservation projects. Being a heritage site comes with its own set of responsibilities, obligations, and restrictions in terms of infrastructure and construction and probably it would be a boon than bane for the capital city of Jaipur.
So, what are you waiting for? If you haven’t already visited Jaipur, this gives a reason all the more! Plan a trip to Jaipur with TravelTriangle and have an amazing time visiting the royal palaces and grand forts. Also, spread the word of this glorious achievement!