Dholavira, an ancient Harappa city was declared as the world heritage site, and this is late but better than never to announce it as the world heritage site. The center point for many historical theories has taken the right place after much waiting. Thanks to the government for making UNESCO recognize this ancient place as a world heritage site.
Announcing the decision of the World Heritage Committee, Unesco said Dholavira’s water management system, multi-layered defensive mechanisms, extensive use of stone in construction and special burial structures set the ancient city apart from other cultural sites.
These ancient places have much importance in Indian history.
“The ancient city of Dholavira is one of the most remarkable and well-preserved urban settlements in South Asia dating from the 3rd to mid-2nd millennium BCE (Before Common Era),” the UN cultural agency said in a statement.
Union minister for culture G Kishan Reddy called the latest inscription another feather in India’s cap as the country entered the “Super-40 club” for World Heritage inscriptions.
“Today is a proud day for India, especially for the people of #Gujarat. Since 2014, India has added 10 new World Heritage sites – one-fourth of our total sites. This shows PM @narendramodi’s steadfast commitment in promoting Indian culture, heritage and the Indian way of life,” the minister tweeted.
The Unesco committee inscribed Telangana’s iconic Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple on the World Heritage List. The UN agency said that the two inscribed World Heritage Sites from India offer “great insight into the knowledge and ways of life of earlier societies, customs, and communities.”
Here’s the list of 40 World Heritage Sites in India:
1. Dholavira, Gujarat
2. Ramappa Temple, Telangana
3. Taj Mahal, Agra
4. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
5. Hampi, Karnataka
6. Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra
7. Ellora Caves, Maharashtra
8. Bodh Gaya, Bihar
9. Sun Temple, Konark, Odisha
10. Red Fort Complex, Delhi
11. Buddhist monuments at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh
12. Chola Temples, Tamil Nadu
13. Kaziranga Wild Life Sanctuary, Assam
14. Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
15. Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal
16. Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi
17. Jantar Mantar, Jaipur, Rajasthan
18. Agra Fort, Uttar Pradesh
19. Group of Monuments at Pattadakal, Karnataka
20. Elephanta Caves, Maharashtra
21. Mountain Railways of India
22. Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University), Bihar
23. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus), Maharashtra
24. Qutub Minar and its Monuments, New Delhi
25. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Gujarat
26. Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh
27. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
28. Churches and Convents of Goa
29. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh
30. Manas Wild Life Sanctuary, Assam
31. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh
32. Rani Ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat
33. Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan
34. Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks, Uttarakhand
35. the Western Ghats
36. Kanchenjunga National Park, Sikkim
37. Capitol Complex, Chandigarh
38. The Historic City of Ahmedabad
39. The Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai
40. The Pink City – Jaipur