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World Heritage Site Certificate to Jaipur

  • 05 Feb 2020
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The Chief Minister of Rajasthan will dedicate the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) world heritage site certificate for Jaipur to the people on 5th February, 2020.

  • The walled city of Jaipur, famous for its grid plan-based architecture and buildings constructed with the pink facade, was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in July 2019.
  • A brochure on “Intangible Heritage Promotion Project” would also be released.

Intangible Heritage Promotion Project

  • It is signed between the Tourism Department of Rajasthan and UNESCO and aims at developing 10 new cultural tourism destinations in the State.
  • It would be implemented during the next three years at a cost of ₹7.50 crore.
  • It will directly benefit about 1,500 artists in the districts such as Jodhpur, Barmer, Jaisalmer and Bikaner, known for folk music and traditional handicrafts.

Jaipur

  • It was founded in 1727 AD by the then Kachwaha Rajput ruler of Amber, Sawai Jai Singh II. It also serves as the capital city of the state of Rajasthan.
  • The city was established on the plains and built according to a grid plan interpreted in the light of Vedic architecture.
  • The city's urban planning shows an exchange of ideas from ancient Hindu and modern Mughal as well as Western cultures.
  • Designed to be a commercial capital, the city has maintained its local commercial, artisanal and cooperative traditions to this day.
  • The iconic monuments in the city include the Govind Dev temple, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal etc.
  • Jaipur has become the second city of the country after Ahmedabad to get the recognition of the World Heritage Site.

Source: TH

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