Walled City Jaipur Designated as New UNESCO World Heritage Site
Jaipur, the Pink City, Rajasthan’s historic and famous place now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic tales, magnificent architectural shades, and the elegance of the city made it rowed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee examination, Jaipur was nominated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The announcement made the whole country to rewind the city’s greatness and its epic history.
Now it is time to know how Jaipur gained this tremendous tag to it. So, just take a read.
What is a World Heritage Site?
Before we go this let’s have an idea actually what is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. As the name suggests, the UNESCO World Heritage Site committee will give status to a place or monument on the basis of cultural, historical, scientific, natural, or other significance. Once a place or monument selected under UNESCO World Heritage they will get all favors from the international level in protection and conservation.
Any place or monument can be selected under the UNESCO World Heritage Site if they are significant and unique in nature of its construction, history, or on any basis. Maybe a historic complex or a city, forest, island, lake, desert, monument, mountain, wilderness area, or anything on the basis of history, natural, cultural, scientific, can be selected for UNESCO. In this way, the organization tries to secure the historical importance of the world.
The UNESCO World Heritage committee of 21 state parties will look after the selection of a site to enlist in World Heritage Sites. Totally 1,121 World Heritage Sites are remarked up to July 2019. Among them, 869 cultural, 213 natural, and 39 mixed category sites are recognized in 167 countries.
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The Journey of Walled City of Jaipur to a UNESCO World Heritage Site:
The tweet “Just inscribed as @UNESCO #WorldHeritage Site: Jaipur City in Rajasthan, #India. Bravo,” from UNESCO on July 6 made the whole country feel proud and happy. After the 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC), this news was announced. This annual committee was taken place at Baku (Azerbaijan) which was held from June 30 to July 10. After the keen examination and discussion between the 21 state parties, the walled city Jaipur was recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site on 6th July.
Honorable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his happiness over Jaipur for selecting as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tweet follows, “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”.
A senior official also said ICOMOS (The International Council on Monuments and Sites) had examined the city in 2018 and added it in the nomination. Finally, it was recognized under UNESCO World Heritage Site for its excellence and history.
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The reason behind why Jaipur tagged as UNESCO World Heritage Site
The UNESCO office in New Delhi expressed Jaipur’s town planning was exceptional which shows an “interchange of ancient Hindu, Mughal, and contemporary western ideas”. The city flourished with excellent architectural styles in various monuments and historic constructions set an example of the amalgamation of cultures at a place. Also, it stated “Jaipur is also an exceptional example of a late medieval trade town in South Asia and defined new concepts for a thriving trade and commercial hub. In addition, the city is associated with living traditions in the form of crafts that have national and international recognition”.
The walled city of Jaipur’s excellence in architectural styles, the mix of various cultures, as a late medieval trade town, and traditions made the city tagged with UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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What includes in the walled city of Jaipur:
The walled city of Jaipur looks stunning with mind-blowing historic constructions and extraordinary city planning. The city comprises major historic parts of Jaipur such as Surajpole, Chandpole, Ajmeri Gate, City Palace, and Hawa Mahal. All these monuments give a perfect glimpse of architecture and culture at a stand. The planning of this city is also an interesting thing. It was planned according to a grid plan which was lighted in Vedic architecture. The streets of the city columned with business markets and forming large squares called chaupars creates a great environment for trade and business. Moreover, temples, residences, everything settled in the city according to fantastic planning made UNESCO nominate Jaipur Heritage Site.
How this recognition helps Jaipur:
With the recognition of UNESCO World Heritage, in many things, Jaipur will get favors. The World Heritage Status will make a large number of visitors to the walled city of Jaipur to witness the historical and cultural wonders in it. It gains more popularity for Jaipur. Benefits and funds from UNESCO organization will be more helpful for the site to make any revamp works, constructions, etc. However, the fame and crazy of the historical and capital city of Rajasthan will twinkle brighter than before.
Straightly from the three years, India rolling its historical places in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2017, Old Ahmedabad was recognized and in 2018 the Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai got recognized. Now in the present year 2019, the walled city of Jaipur was under the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It’s a great thing for Indian historical sites getting worldwide recognition.