Updated: November 19, 2019 2:11:00 pm
The World Heritage Week 2019 starts today — from November 19 — and will end of November 25. The objective of the week, observed by UNESCO, is to make people aware of the rich heritage and also strive for its preservation. In India, various programs related to historical structures, tour places and cultural and traditional heritage of the country are initiated to celebrate the week.
There are 37 UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. It includes 29 cultural sites including Rani Ki Vav (2014), Agra Fort (1983), Ajanta Caves (1983) and Khajuraho Group of Monuments (1986); seven natural sites including Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (2014), Sundarbans National Park (1987) and 1 mixed site Khangchendzonga National Park (2016).
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Several schools and colleges are celebrating World Heritage Week in the country by organising quiz and painting competitions. The Archaeological Survey of India and several other museums are organising programs highlighting the significance of ancient monuments and their preservation.
The heritage sites celebrating the week include Qutub Minar, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Delhi Red Fort, Delhi Darwaza, Bhadra Gate among others.
A great effort was made by the National Research Laboratory for Conservation, Lucknow to save the stone structure of Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi. It was built by Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar in 1777.
Visitors will be allowed to enter all protected monuments across the country free of cost on Tuesday, according to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
Usually, visitors from SAARC and BIMSTEC countries are required to pay Rs 25 and foreigners are required to pay Rs 300 for ASI-protected Grade B monuments. For Grade A monuments
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