Two sites from the country have found their way into the UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List. The ancient stepwell in Gujarat — Rani ki vav (Queen’s stepwell) — and the Great Himalaya National Park (GHNP) in Himachal Pradesh are set to be included in the UNESCO list this month, sources confirmed.
While the stepwell was nominated in the cultural category, the GNHP was nominated in the natural category.
First proposed for the list in 1998, the Rani ki vav, in the Patan district of Gujarat, is described as a stepped corridor, compartmented with pillared multi-storeyed pavilions. Originally the monument was estimated to have 800 sculptures of Hindu gods and goddesses, apsaras and miscellaneous themes, of which nearly 400 have survived out .
The GHNP in the Kullu district is spread across 754.4 square km. It is the most important gene pool of Western Himalayan flora and fauna, with a total of 832 plant species.
The World Heritage Committee is set consider the inclusion of 40 sites on its list when it meets in Doha from June 15 to 25. Culture Minister Naik is expected to attend to the event.