UNESCO on Saturday made Jaipur a part of its World Heritage List.
In a session of its World Heritage Committee in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku on Saturday morning, UNESCO added seven cultural sites to its World Heritage List, including those in Australia, Bahrain, China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Laos.
“Unlike other cities in the region located in hilly terrain, Jaipur was established on the plain and built according to a grid plan interpreted in the light of Vedic architecture. The streets feature continuous colonnaded businesses that intersect in the centre, creating large public squares called chaupars,” UNESCO said in a statement.
“Markets, stalls, residences and temples built along the main streets have uniform facades. The city’s urban planning shows an exchange of ideas from ancient Hindu and modern Mughal as well as Western cultures. The grid plan is a model that prevails in the West, while the organisation of the different districts refers to traditional Hindu concepts. Designed to be a commercial capital, the city has maintained its local commercial, artisanal and cooperative traditions to this day,” it stated.
The other sites now part of the UNESCO list are the Dilmun Burial Mounds in Bahrain, Budj Bim Cultural Landscape in Australia, Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City in China, Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage of Sawahlunto in Indonesia, Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group in Japan and the Plain of Jars in Laos.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “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.”
Union Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel congratulated the people of Jaipur and thanked the global community for recognising the historic and cultural importance of the pink city.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also took to Twitter to express his pleasure, terming the declaration a “matter of great pride” and that it “will add to the glory of capital city of Rajasthan”.” He said it will “give boost to tourism. Local economy will benefit along with improving of infrastructure.”
Deputy CM Sachin Pilot tweeted, “Great news!! And what a wonderful feeling having the walled city of Jaipur now listed as a WorldHeritageSite @UNESCO, we must all join hands and endeavour to make Jaipur a city of pride for now and all future generations.”
Former chief minister Vasundhara Raje also expressed her delight. “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!” Raje tweeted.