6 HILL FORTS OF RAJASTHAN NOW IN UNESCO’S WORLD HERITAGE LIST

Cheer spread in the tourism as well as the art and culture sector today in Rajasthan when its 6 hill forts were selected to be in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The hills forts are – Amber, Chittorgarh, Gangron, Jaisalmer, Kumbhalgarh and Ranthambore. The Tourism, Art & Culture Minister, Ms. Bina Kak said: “the selection of these forts is a reflection of our work done in the past. We stand by our commitment towards conservation and protection of our rich cultural heritage, of which we are immensely proud.”

 

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Gagron Fort

Gagron Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Chittorgarh-Fort

Chittorgarh-Fort

Amer Fort, Jaipur

Amer Fort, Jaipur

RANTHAMBHORE-Fort

RANTHAMBHORE-Fort

These hill forts were approved in the 37th Meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Cambodia on 21 June. The selection of these forts, located in different cities, as a serial cultural property, is the first of its kind ever by UNESCO.

Now with the selection by UNESCO these six forts will receive enhanced international recognition the way the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur did after being selected in the World Heritage List in 2010. This selection will also pave way for other monuments to be nominated for being included in the World Heritage List. In fact, the work relating to Stepwells of Abhaneri, Bandikui, Bundi as well as the Fresco paintings of Shekhawati region for being submitted for consideration to UNESCO list has already started.

All these efforts will sure reinforce positioning of Rajasthan on the world tourism map as a favored tourist destination.

It is to be recalled that several missions of ICOMOS (advisory body to UNESCO) visited Rajasthan since 2011 and discussed the nomination in great detail with State Archaeology Department, ASI and the Indian Advisory Committee on the World Heritage under the Ministry of Culture.

Within the State of Rajasthan, six extensive and majestic hill forts together reflect the elaborate, fortified seats of power of Rajput princely states that flourished between the 8th and 18th centuries and their relative political independence. The extensive fortifications up to 20 kilometres in circumference optimized various kinds of hilly terrain, specifically the river at Gagron, the dense forests at Ranthambore, and the desert at Jaisalmer, and exhibit important phase of development of an architectural typology based on established “traditional Indian principles”.

World’s first Silver Museum in Udaipur

Udaipur is popularly known as the  city of lakes’ and endearingly called the ‘Venice of East’, is a rich and unique repository of architectural and tangible heritage of not just Rajasthan and India but also of the world.

Adding more charm to Udaipur comes the world’s first silver museum that showcases the best silver exhibits  from royal family. Silver is held sacred in traditional Hindu beliefs, which associates the beautiful white metal with cool moon, surpassed only in importance by warm gold. The selection of unique items included in the silver gallery reflects the artistry of  silversmith and the beauty of this precious metal.

Udaipur's Silver Museum

Unveiled by Arvind Singh Mewar, Chairman & Managing Trustee of Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) and 76th Custodian of the House of Mewar, the silver museum is filled with family heirlooms dating back to 743 AD.

Udaipur's Silver Museum

The works on display illustrate the result of  age-old historical associations between the House of Mewar and both Rajput courts and Mughal establishment, as well as showcasing indigenous artisan techniques.

The nostalgic exhibit is displayed at the renowned Amar Mahal, which is located at the entrance of Zenana Mahal of City palace and said to be an inspiration for the Taj Mahal in Agra.

The wedding mandap where His Majesty gave away his daughter two years ago.

The wedding mandap where His Majesty gave away his daughter two years ago.

One of the exhibits at the museum: Traditional royal transport accessory like the haudah used for mounting elephants in religious, state and military processions.

One of the exhibits at the museum: Traditional royal transport accessory like the haudah used for mounting elephants in religious, state and military processions.

Immerse yourself in the history of the Maharanas of Mewar, and get the feel of their culture and how they lived. 

Trains to Vaishno Devi shrine up to Katra likely to start in July

Travel to Vaishno Devi shrine is expected to get much easier as several Mail, Express and local trains are expected to go up to Katra, the shrine’s base camp.

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Ongoing project of the construction of 25 km-long Uddhampur-Katra rail link is almost complete, and several mails, express and local trains are likely to go up to Katra, the base camp of Vaishno Devi shrine from July onward.

The new route will let pilgrims to reach the base camp of Vaishno Devi shrine at Katra without having to break their journey at Jammu.

The Udhampur-Katra rail route passes through inhospitable terrain, making it an extremely challenging engineering project.

The route consists of seven tunnels and 30 small and big bridges, including a 185-feet high tunnel. A total of seven tunnels span over 10 km of the 25-km stretch.

The trains, including New Delhi-Uddhampur Uttar Sampark Kranti, Jammu Mail, Chandigarh-Katra Express, Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Uddhampur Express, Ahmedabad-Uddhampur Express, Delhi-Pathankot Express, among others are likely to reach Katra once the line is operational.

Katra station is ready with three platforms and two more platforms will come up later.

An ‘Open Air Terracotta Museum’ will now be in Udaipur!!

Lake palace Udaipur

Udaipur is a popular tourist destination in India. The lakes, palaces and lively workspaces and culture attract foreign and domestic visitors. Adding to the numerous tourist hotspots is the new open-air terracotta museum, which is soon going to be built in Udaipur.

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Western Region Cultural Centre in the Shilpgram of Udaipur city will set up the museum in the city of lakes. Well-known experts of Terracotta will make the museum. The expert’s will be staying in the city and will be designing exquisite artifacts to be showcased in the museum thereafter. Interestingly, Artifacts will also have the information about the artists who make them.

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