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Visit the 8 best heritage monuments and sites of Rajasthan on World Heritage Day

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World Heritage Day is celebrate across the globe on 18th April every year. It is not just a day to cherish the monuments from history, but to raise awareness about protecting our history and culture.  Rajasthan is globally popular for its rich heritage of architecture and culture. Having some of the best forts, palaces and monuments are till date maintained in really good conditions as they are very precious to the lives of Rajasthanis.

1) Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Recognized as the World Heritage Site, this observatory fascinates the visitors with the collection of various  astronomical instruments which were used earlier to know the correct timings through the movement of celestial bodies.

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2) Chittorgarh Fort, Chittor

One of the largest forts of India, it is the true epitome of Rajputana pride and vigor. This massive fort though being attacked thrice by the enemies, couldn’t take over the powerful people of this place. The fort of Chittor is known for its own beauty and uniqueness.

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3) City Palace, Udaipur

The grandness of this palace can be seen now, as it took almost 400 years to construct this complex. The attractiveness of this palace is shown more effectively as it is surrounded by Lake Pichola. This magnificent palace stands as a fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.

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4) Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

One of the largest private residences of the world is the house of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family. Not only being a private residence, it also provides the chance to experience the royal and luxurious life at the Taj Palace Hotel in Umaid Bhawan, Jodhpur.

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5) Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace Of Winds is situated in the capital city of the state of Rajasthan. Its walls of pink color give a hint of the Pink City – Jaipur. It was constructed especially for the royal women to be a part of the festivities, as they were secluded from the society by ‘parda’ system. Having its own history, today gives it a worldwide recognition.

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6) Chand Baori, Abhaneri

A 13 storey step well is one of the oldest and most attractive landmarks of Rajasthan. Constructed mainly to conserve water in the dry desert of Rajasthan is an architectural wonder in itself.

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7) Amer Fort

Amer or Amber Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is among the most visited places in Jaipur. The fort situated high on a hill overlooking the Maota Lake, is spread over a vast area with four levels. Every evening, the fort hosts a spellbinding Light and Sound Show. With a blend of folk music, the show brings to life the legends, history, traditions and cultures of the Rajputs and Jaipur City.

Amer Fort, Jaipur

8) City Palace Jaipur

Located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur, City Palace is where the Kachwaha Rajput clan ruled from. Built in the 18th Century, the Palace is a blend of Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture. Within the premises, one will find many gardens, ravishing courtyards and a Museum displaying many artefacts from the bygone era. Buildings like Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Maharani Palace add to the allure of the Palace. Their richly crafted walls and ceiling, marble flooring and the mirror work are just an addition to the beauty of the palace. Govind Dev Ji temple, which is in the palace premises, is also a major tourist attraction and sees a heavy footfall daily.

City Palace Jaipur

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Let’s Save Rajasthan’s Legacy This World Heritage Day

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Let’s Save Rajasthan’s Legacy This World Heritage Day

World Heritage Day is not just a day to cherish the beautiful monuments around us. The day which is celebrated every year on April 18 is meant to raise awareness to protect our history and culture. International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) was behind the idea of celebrating a day called International Day on Monuments and Sites. The day came to be known as World Heritage Day and is celebrated by countries that are members of UNESCO.

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There are many guidelines to celebrate World Heritage Day. You can visit monuments, you can carry out some campaigns to raise awareness to protect them, you can publish articles, do broadcasts on various media and hold exhibitions among many other things.
The theme for World Heritage Day 2016 is- the heritage of sports. It has been decided keeping in mind the fact that this year Olympics are being organized in Rio. ICOMOS believes that sports have contributed a lot towards architecture and art as they have been an integral part of human development.

Our State Rajasthan is one of the most culturally rich places in the world. It has sites that attract people all around the world. Many tourists visit our cities like Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur. The problem is that not all the grand structures are in great shape. Sometimes it’s lax on government’s part while at others, public defaces them.

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Today we want to remind everyone that our heritage needs to be protected. This is an important step towards maintaining the beauty of our state and keeping the spirit of Rajasthan alive forever.

World Heritage Day Celebration in Jaipur!

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On the occasion of the World Heritage Day, underprivileged children visited City Palace and made drawings to symbolize the importance of Heritage Conservation. This event was organized by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum(MSMSM) and INTACH, Jaipur Chapter. Managing Trustee of the MSMSM Princess Diya Kumari and Secretary of INTACH Jaipur Chapter, Ms. Dharmendar Kanwar were also present on the occasion and interacted with the children.F3a-IMG_1157 F2--IMG_1150 F2a-IMG_1212

World Heritage Day was first celebrated by International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on 18 April 1982 in Tunisia, which was later also approved by UNESCO in 1983. The day suggests that the historical monuments and sites located in every part of the world needs to be protected and this can be only done with collective efforts at international levels.

The objective behind this day is to create awareness among the common people for conserving and protecting our heritage across the world.