World Heritage Day: Celebrating Indian Monuments and Sites

सारे जहाँ से अच्छा, हिन्दोस्तां हमारा हम बुलबुले हैं इसकी, वो गुलसितां हमारा। 

India is known worldwide as a multicultural country rich in ethnics, traditions and many religions harbouring in harmony and brotherhood. Today marks World Heritage Day, dedicated to the promotion and the conservation of cultural heritage monuments and sites.

As beautifully said by Marcus Garvey, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots”, is what World Heritage stands for. 

The history behind World Heritage Day – April 18th

ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), a non-government organisation was formed in 1965 under the rules of Venice Charter 1964. ICOMOS proposed April 18th be celebrated as the World Heritage Day, which UNESCO in November 1983 took under consideration and declared as World Heritage Day.

India and its World Heritage Sites:

There are 38 Natural and Man-made sites located in India, making India the sixth country with the most heritage sites in the world. Following are some:

  • Taj Mahal (Symbol Of Love, Among Seven Wonders of the World)
  • Fatehpur Sikri (The City of Victory)
  • Ajanta Caves (Buddhists Caves)
  • Ellora Caves (Cultural mix of religious arts of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism)
  • Nanda Devi National Parks (India’s Second Highest Mountain)
  • Jaipur (The Pink City) 
  • Hampi Mountains (Considered the most beautiful ruins in India) and more.

India has always been an eye candy for tourists, thanks to these natural and man-made monuments, helping the country culturally and economically.

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