The Walled City of Jaipur, known for its iconic architectural legacy and vibrant culture on Saturday made its entry into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
The announcement was made after the 43rd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, underway at Baku (Azerbaijan) from 30 June to 10 July, examined the nomination of the Walled City of Jaipur for inclusion in the World Heritage list.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed UNESCOs move and expressed happiness via his twitter and said that
" 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 inscribed as a World Heritage Site by @UNESCO."
The historic city of Rajasthan, is a fine representation of regal grandeur that has always distinguished it from other cities in India. Jaipur was founded in 1727 AD under the patronage of Sawai Jai Singh II. It serves as the capital city of the culturally-rich state of Rajasthan.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed his joy in his tweet and said
"#Jaipur listed on world map as #WorldHeritage site is not only a matter of prestige but it will give boost to tourism. Local economy will benefit along with improving of infrastructure."
The city was proposed to be nominated for its value of being an exemplary development in town planning and architecture that demonstrates an amalgamation and important exchange of ideas in the late medieval period.
Former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also expressed her delight via twitter and wrote,
"Jaipur has been inscribed as a World Heritage Site by @UNESCO. Brimming with history, the Pink City symbolises the pinnacle of #Rajasthani cultural excellence. A matter of great pride for #Rajasthan!" -- Following the same she congratulated the Tourism Department, and other contributors for the same.
The city boasts of high rate of tourism, tourists from all around the world visit Jaipur every year and now, after the city being declared as a heritage site the tourism is bound to strengthen even more.
Jaipur City is an exceptional example of a late medieval trade town in South Asia that defined new concepts for thriving trade and commercial hub. In addition, the city is associated with living traditions in the form of crafts that have national and international recognition.
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Shaped by volcanoes and surrounded by lava fields, the park is also home to the largest glacier in Europe, after which it is named.
This national park is the third Icelandic site to join UNESCO's World Heritage List, after Thing-vellir National Park, where the oldest parliament in the world was established, and the volcanic island of Surtsey.
The historic centre of Paraty, one of Brazil's best-preserved coastal towns was also added to UNESCO's World Heritage List.
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