THE walled city of Jaipur, known for its iconic architectural legacy and vibrant culture, made its entry into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list on Saturday, becoming the second city of the country after Ahmedabad to get the recognition. The decision was taken at the 43rd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) in the historic city of Baku, Azerbaijan, from June 30-July 10. The committee examined the nomination of Jaipur that was supported by a majority of the countries for its inclusion on the list, a senior official said.
“Just inscribed as @UNESCO #World Heritage Site: Jaipur City in Rajasthan, #India. Bravo,” UNESCO tweeted. With Jaipur’s inclusion, the number of heritage sites across India that are on the UNESCO World Heritage list, has grown to 38, including 30 cultural properties, seven natural properties and one mixed site. Ahmedabad became the first Indian city to get into the prestigious list in 2017.
India had proposed the nomination of Jaipur as an “exceptional urban example in indigenous city planning and construction in South Asia”, before the World Heritage Committee, the Ministry of Culture said in a statement. “Besides an exemplary planning, its iconic monuments such as the Govind Dev temple, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal excel in artistic and architectural craftsmanship of the period.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed happiness over the recognition.
“Jaipur is a city associated with culture and valour. Elegant and energetic, Jaipur’s hospitality draws people from all over. Glad that this city has been inscribedasa World Heritage Site by @UNESCO,” Modi tweeted. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the recognition would boost tourism and benefit the local economy. “It is a matter of great pride that our Pink City, Jaipur has been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. It will add to the glory of capital city of Rajasthan,” Gehlot tweeted.