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Pink City Jaipur gets UNESCO World Heritage tag, PM Modi welcomes move

Popularly known as the 'Pink City', Jaipur is a famous tourist destination known for its vibrant culture and history.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 8, 2019 7:21:19 am
hawa Mahal, Hawa Mahal Jaipur, indian express, unesco world heritage site, unesco, indian express Hawa Mahal is a popular tourist spot in Jaipur. (Photo: Getty Images/Thinkstock)

A day after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the government’s plan to turn 17 ‘iconic’ tourist sites into world-class destinations, UNESCO announced Jaipur City in Rajasthan as a World Heritage Site in India.

The announcement was made after the 43rd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, which is taking place in Azerbaijan from June 20 to July 10.

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Sharing the tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “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.”

Popularly known as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is a famous tourist destination known for its vibrant culture, history and architectural marvels. Some of the well-known tourist destinations in the city include Amber Palace, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and Hawa Mahal. It was founded in 1727 CE under Sawai Jai Singh II.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed his happiness at the development, terming it a proud moment for the state and a development which will boost tourism.

Some other destinations that made it to the list include Dilmun Burial Mounds, Bahrain; Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, Australia; Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City, China; Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage of Sawahlunto, Indonesia; Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group: Mounded Tombs of Ancient Japan, Japan, among others.

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