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Let’s Celebrate the Heritage of Rajasthan On World Heritage Day

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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) is the one behind the idea of celebrating a day called International Day for Monuments and Sites. The day came to be known as World Heritage Day and is celebrated by countries that are members of UNESCO.

The theme for World Heritage Day 2018 is ‘Heritage for Generations’. It has been decided keeping in mind the fact that communication across the generations of heritage practitioners generates enriching exchanges by combining the knowledge with the energy and dynamism thus bringing a more holistic approach. Rajasthan is globally popular for its rich heritage of architecture and culture. Having some of the best forts, palaces and monuments in cities like Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur which are till date maintained in really good conditions are very precious to the lives of Rajasthani’s.

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.

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.

Jantar Mantar

2) Chittorgarh Fort, Chittor

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

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3) City Palace, Udaipur

The grandness of this palace can be seen, 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 in the world, it 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 colour 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 it gets 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 arid 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 as a part to boost night tourism. With a blend of folk music, the show brings to life the legends, history, traditions and cultures of the Rajputs.

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8) City Palace Jaipur

Located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur, City Palace was 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.

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These are only a few to mention, but when you come to the land of royals, there will be many to add on to the list.

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Chittorgarh Fort, the Witness to the Valor of Rajput Queen Padmavati

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Chittorgarh Fort, the Witness to the Valor of Rajput Queen Padmavati

Chittor established in 728 AD by Bappa Rawal is one of the oldest cities of Rajasthan. The imposing Chittorgarh Fort here among the oldest in the state is not only grand to look at but also has equally grand stories attached to it. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chittorgarh fort might be in ruins now but that doesn’t diminish its importance.

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The fort has total seven gates or Pol-  Padan Pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ganesh Pol, Jodla Pol, Laxman Pol and Ram Pol which is the main gate. A circular road in the fort links all the gates.

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Vijay Stambh is called the symbol of Chittor and was built by Rana Kumbha to celebrate his victory over Mahmud Shah I Khilji. The 72 feet high Kirti Stambh built by a businessman, Jijaji Rathore is dedicated to the first Jain tirthankar Adinath.

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There are 130 temples in the fort premises. The most popular ones are- Meerabai Temple, Kumbha Shyam Temple (Varaha Temple), Kalika Mata temple and Tulja Bhawani temple.

 

The three-storied Rani Padmini’s palace is surrounded by a water-body. Legend has it that Sultan of Delhi Alauddin Khilji saw the Padmavati’s image in the same water-body and got attracted to her.

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The fort has another impressive palace known as Rana Kumbha Palace. This is the place where Rani Padmini, Rani Nagmati and other women of the fort did Jauhar. Jauhar was a Rajput tradition where women immolated themselves on burning fire when the defeat in a war was certain. It was done to not get caught by vicious attackers. The brave Rajput warriors fought to death but never surrendered. This reflects the courage and pride of Rajput clan.

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Chittorgarh Fort was attacked thrice, once each by Alauddin Khilji, Bahadur Shah and Akbar. The story of the attack by, Alauddin Khilji is the most well-known. Poet Malik Mohammad Jayasi wrote a poem known as Padmavat which mentions the legend. According to the poem- Rani Padmini or Padmavati was the wife of Rawal Ratan Sen the ruler of Chittor. Padmavati was exceptionally beautiful and hearing about her beauty, Alauddin Khilji attacked Chittorgarh to get the queen. A battle ensued where Ratan Sen was killed and Rani Padmavati along with Rani Nagmati and other women committed Jauhar.

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The authenticity of this story has not been established but that hasn’t made it any less popular. Jauhar was anyway a tradition. It shows that Rajput women were symbols of gallantry, honor and culture. The upcoming Hindi movie ‘Padmavati’ has got mired in controversies over various events depicted in it. The idea of taking creative liberties might not have gone down well with some people but the fact remains that a movie cannot lessen a fearless woman. Whatever is shown in a movie can’t take away from history and what Rajput women stand for.

If you are also enamored by the legends and want to witness the place where it all happened, head to Chittorgarh Fort.

Explore The 6 Best Heritage Sites Of Rajasthan On World Heritage Day

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Rajasthan is known all around the world for its rich heritage. 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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Magnificent forts and palaces of Rajasthan

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Amer Fort, Jaipur

” Magical and Mystical” – Rajasthan is the state that spells royalty in its way of life. Legendary epics of bravery and romance can still be smelled in its soil. Enticingly known as ‘Land of Kings‘, Rajasthan has multi hued faces from Great Indian Thar Desert in west to Tiger cocoon ‘Sariska’ in the east. Romance and adventure prevail in every nook and corner of Rajasthan, and its diverse culture makes it a cultural rich destination of India. Mammoth forts attract heritage enthusiasts from across the borders. Rajasthan is much known for its historically rich ‘Forts and Palaces

Impressive history of Rajasthan tells about Kings and Queens of Rajasthan and the forts built during their reign narrate some nerve chilling stories of valor and bravery of those Kings and Queens. Though every fort has a unique and exciting story to tell, but their magnificence is worth admiring and being cherished. Regal and luxurious palaces of Rajasthan are marvelous in their own ways. India’s largest Chittorgarh fort speaks of Rajput’s bravery and regalia. Other famous forts are Jaigarh Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaisalmer Fort, Junagarh Fort. The most recognized forts of Rajasthan which are also honored with the title of UNESCO’s “World Heritage Site” title are Amber, Chittorgarh, Gangron, Jaisalmer, Kumbhalgarh and Ranthambore.

 

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These magnificent forts together reflect the elaborate, fortified seats of power of Rajput princely state Rajasthan that flourished between the 8th and 18th centuries and their relative political independence. So, whenever you are planning to visit Rajasthan, do not miss to pay a visit to magnificent Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan for a truly regal experience.

Restoration of Heritage Sites on ‘Afghan’ Model

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Good news underway for heritage lovers ! The proposal to restore heritage landmarks of Rajasthan on “Afghan model” gets green signal. Now, the historical monuments, buildings, museums and other tourist places in state will be conserved and restored the way conservation projects were taken up in Iran, Kabul, Hyderabad and Delhi.

1368107677_main_tourismHeritage sites are the physical survival of past   that witnesses the erstwhile glory of the royal era of Rajasthan. The princely state boasts of its architectural heritage that includes magnificent palaces, , intricately carved temples, majestic forts, decorated havelis, which were built by
kings in previous ages. The decision to restore these enduring landmarks that are part of state’s glorious past is overwhelming. The state’s
tourism will get boom as the concept of tourism
is changing worldwide. No more, it’s just about wildlife, forests and scenic beauty. It is taking a shift from static tourism to cultural tourism, where the way of life and culture are shared.

Each iconic building tells its own and place’s story. We expect that original elements of heritage will remain identifiable in the process of restoration so that future generation can comprehend the story of the place.

Let’s take a glimpse of the heritage structures of Rajasthan –

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1348244902_1001Taragarh, Ajmer Palace (Image via Google)

lohagarh-fort-5Lohagarh Fort, Bharatpur (Image via Google)

Rajasthan to have one more Sound & Light Show at Akbari Quilla, Ajmer

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The musical extravaganza is just around the corners! Visitors to Akbari Quila in Ajmer will get to enjoy a 45-minute sound and light show narrated by renowned lyricist Gulzar from Friday! Wooahh 🙂

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The main attraction of the event will be a song dedicated to revered Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chisti ‘Garib Nawaz’ which has been penned down by noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi as sung by Playback singer Sonu Nigam and the music being composed by Sajid-Wajid!

Ok, so that’s all about having panache. But the event offers some historical vibes, which infuses the feel of golden era as well!

It’s when the musical extravaganza will take the audience to historic days portraying the valor of Rajput ruler Prithviraj Chauhan, the history of Mughal kings while in Ajmer, including the significant treaty signed by Jahangir and Sir Thomas Roe with the religious significance of Pushkar.

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This sound and light project has been set up on a PPP (Private Public Partnership) model by the state department of Archaeology and Museums and a Private – company at an approximate cost of Rs. 2 crores, according to Ajay Sharma, assistant director, Tourism Department.

As all appraise that music transcends all boundaries so also the English version of the show will be ready in few upcoming months whereas the state Tourism Minister Bina Kak will introduce the Hindi version of the show!

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But if you miss out then you can opt for such shows which are also operational at the Amer Fort and Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, Chittorgarh fort and Kumbhalgarh fort, so just go in for any of the venues and indulge your soul on hymns and chores; rhymes and chimes! 🙂

Five Rajasthan monuments recommended for World Heritage status

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Five monuments from Rajasthan have been recommended to UNESCO for the world heritage status. These five monuments are Ranthambore Fort, Gagrone Fort Jhalawar fort, Chittorgarh Fort, Amber Fort and Kumbhalgarh Fort.

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The final decision for the approval of these sites will be taken up at the World Heritage Session to be held at Saint Petersburgfrom June 24 to July 7, 2012.

All the five monuments have unique features. The Kumbhalgarh Fort in Rajsamand has the second-longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China, Gagron Fort in Jhalawar is the only fort which is surrounded by water on four sides. Amber Fort in Jaipur is known for a distinct architectural style which has both Mughal and Rajput influence. Chittorgarh Fort is famous for its historicity. And Sawai Madhopur Fort in Ranthambhore is totally surrounded by forests.

We anticipate that all the magnificent sites get their world heritage status.