Meet India’s only world heritage city; Sandeep Goyal; Rediff

India – Historic City of Ahmadabad

How did the newly anointed heritage city bag the title and is it ready for the expected rush of tourists?

UNESCO recently declared the 600-year-old walled city of Ahmedabad as a world heritage city.

With this, Ahmedabad has joined Paris, Vienna, Cairo, Brussels, Rome, Melaka (Malacca, Malaysia) and Edinburgh as one of the 287 world heritage cities.

There are only two other cities in the Indian subcontinent which enjoy the same status: Bhaktapur in Nepal and Galle in Sri Lanka.

The nomination of Ahmedabad was supported by about 20 countries. India’s team at UNESCO, led by the feisty Ruchira Kamboj, a 1987 batch IFS officer, lobbied successfully for Ahmedabad’s candidature.

The city’s journey towards branding itself as a heritage destination began in 1984.

Ford Foundation instituted a study for conserving heritage structures in Ahmedabad that year.

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