10 Facts About Indian World Heritage Sites That Will Remind You Of India’s Glorious Past; Saurabh Pandey; StoryPick


India – Group of Monuments at Hampi

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

This old quotation by Jamaican leader and orator, Marcus Garvey especially holds true in the contemporary world. While the modern generation has access to all sorts of technologies, most of them have no idea of the glorious past that our nation boasts of.

India, as a nation, hosts 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A Heritage site is a landmark or an area recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the basis of having cultural, historical, scientific or some other form of significance and bear protective status.

We have compiled some mind-numbing facts about 10 of these Indian World heritage sites that would make you sound like Mr/Ms Smarty Smarterson when you’ll use them to flaunt the knowledge on your friends.

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On World Heritage Day, a look at the 5 Notable World Heritage Sites in south India; Aadi Nair; The News Minute


India – Group of Monuments at Pattadakal

South India is renowned for its stunning temple architecture, and several notable locations have been awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

April 18 is celebrated across the globe as World Heritage Day, and this year, the theme is ‘Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism.’ South India is renowned for its stunning temple architecture, and several notable locations have been awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Here’s a look at some of them:

Group of Monuments at Hampi, Karnataka

Hampi is a town in North Karnataka that was given World Heritage status in 1986. Located within the ruins of the ancient city of Vijayanagar, Hampi is best known for several Hindu temples that have been constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture.

 

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Top 10 honeymoon destinations in Uttarakhand where love is in the air; Dilip Merala; India.com


India – Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks

These amazing honeymoon destinations in Uttarakhand can give the conventional spots a run for their money.

India’s northern region is considered as a summer getaway for those living in the plains elsewhere. Uttarakhand is one state in this region which is blessed with a number of cool spots which provide a welcome respite from the heat. Not only are these places spectacularly beautiful, they also have splendid weather making them ideal holiday destinations. While Uttarakhand is a great vacation destination for families, it is also home to some beautiful honeymoon spots. With breathtaking beauty all around and pleasant weather almost all year round, Uttarakhand can be a delight for couples looking to rekindle their romance. here are the best honeymoon destinations in Uttarakhand that will give the conventional honeymoon spots a run for their money.

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Humayun’s Tomb: this heritage site finds favor with Bollywood too; OnManorama


India – Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

A trip to New Delhi is incomplete without a visit to the Humayun’s Tomb. Close to Nizammudin, the Tomb seems to float above its symmetrical gardens. Built under the watchful eyes of Haji Begum 16 years after Humayun’s death, this monument marries Persian and Mughal elements. On World Heritage Day, we bring you four times when Bollywood kept a date with Humayun’s Tomb.

The most memorable may be the ‘Chand Sifarish’ song from the movie ‘Fanaa’. The song also shows other prominent Delhi monuments. Aamir Khan takes Kajol and her friends on a tour of the city, and they stop by at Humayun’s Tomb too.

‘Bol Naa Halke Halke’ song from “Jhoom Barabar Jhoom” starring Abhishek Bachchan and Preity Zinta was shot at the Humayun’s Tomb.

Remember Saif and Kareena in ‘Shukran Allah’ song from ‘Kurbaan’ this scene was shot at Humayun’s tomb.

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12th Century Jaisalmer Fort might lose UNESCO World Heritage tag; Tabeenah Anjum; Deccan Herald


India – Hill Forts of Rajasthan

Twelfth century Jaisalmer Fort, the only living fort in the world and a Unesco world heritage site monument is in a dilapidated state. The fort is losing its glory mainly due to the leakage of water and might also lose UNESCO World Heritage tag.

Around 3,000 inhabitants, who live inside 853 year old fort, fear that the seepage of sewerage water might turn out to be a disaster resulting in damage to lives and properties. The sewerage line which is affecting maximum houses in the fort due to which the walls of the fort are becoming hollow has become a worry for its residents. Subhash Paliwal, a 53 year old resident said, “We are facing the seepage problem from last so many issues. The drainage system is not proper here. New sewerage line was laid but water is leakage is still taking place. ”

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World Heritage Day: Twitter’s Tribute To Incredible India; Meghna Nijhawan; NDTV


India – Taj Mahal

NEW DELHI:  April 18 is observed as the International Day for Monuments and Sites or World Heritage Day the world over to celebrate cultural heritage and encourage people to conserve our rich past. There are over 1000 World Heritage Sites recognised by UNESCO, some man-made and some natural. According to UNESCO, these sites need to be protected as they hold cultural and physical importance.

India is home to 35 World Heritage Sites and state governments are organising heritage walks, lectures and other activities to engage with local communities as a part of their conservation effort.

#WorldHeritageDay has been the top trend on Twitter and Indians shared stunning images of some of our monuments and sites.

The proposal to first celebrate the day as International Day for Monuments and Sites came in 1982. UNESCO approved it in 1983.

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Heritage of Wheels on Reels; Shristi Abrol; The Citizen


India – Mountain Railways of India

Chugging past the steamy mountains, leaving its trails on UNESCO’s list, Mountain Railways have been the real and reel heroes. Remembering them on this World Heritage Day, with movies, that had moved them to our living rooms. Taking a trip down the memory lane, seated in a train, songs of life have swished past the silver screens of Bollywood.

Frozen in time, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways has hardly aged, in the scenes and screens, retelling its story. Iconic Rajesh Khanna trying to woo his “Sapno ki Rani” is an evergreen melody sung around the evergreen toy train. Ride from being strangers to lovers, toy trains have strummed duets in ‘Professor’ with Kalapana teasing Shammi Kapoor while boarding the train to the tune,“ Main challey…yeh na pucho kidhar, yeh na pucho khahan.

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This World Heritage Day, here’s exploring Bollywood’s connect with Delhi monuments; Naina Arora; Hindustan Times


India – Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

April 18 is World Heritage Day. Here’s looking at the romance between Bollywood films and Delhi’s heritage sites listed by UNESCO — Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb and Red Fort.

Think of Saif Ali Khan wooing Kareena Kapoor Khan in Kurbaan (2009) at Humayun’s Tomb or Aamir Khan dancing to Chand Sifarish in Fanaa (2006) at Qutub Minar, and one can’t deny that Delhi’s timeless heritage sites have made for picturesque backdrops in Bollywood films for ages.

Humayun’s Tomb

Shukran Allah (from Kurbaan) wasn’t the only song shot at Humayun’s Tomb, the Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) track, Choomantar, was another one to be filmed at the UNESCO heritage site. Baar Baar Dekho (2016) director Nitya Mehra also shot a short film, titled The Cherry On Top, near Humanyun’s Tomb.

About these monuments that represent Delhi, Mehra says: “They are rich, beautiful and entrenched in history.

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Go for a walk to Feroz Shah Kotla Fort and Qutub Minar on World Heritage Day; Hindustan Times


India – Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi

Feroz Shah Kotla Fort and the Qutub Minar complex are two landmarks in Delhi that deserve long, leisurely exploration.For those interested in the socio-political history of the Delhi Sultanate period (13th to mid-16th century), the Qutub Minar walk is a must.The perfect occasion for doing that is World Heritage Day, on April 18.These two huge heritage complexes, with their magnificent ruins, are being covered by Sahapedia, a non-profit organisation that has lined up a week-long celebration with heritage walks, nature walks, and calligraphy workshops.Aamir Ahmed, who will conduct the walk, says, “There are multiple opinions on why Qutub Minar was built.

Feroz Shah Kotla Fort and the Qutub Minar complex are two landmarks in Delhi that deserve long, leisurely exploration. The perfect occasion for doing that is World Heritage Day, on April 18.

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Riding to The Land of Thunder Dragons; Karan Aklujkar; Tripoto


India – Khajuraho Group of Monuments

Of the billions  of people in the world, only 1% would opt for something like this. It takes guts, sure. But more than that, it takes passion. And riding is our passion. But for us, riding is not just a passion, it’s a feeling. Riding is what defines us. Riding is what bonds us.

From highways to ghats, roads to no roads, low lying valleys to high mountain passes, sunshine to snowfall, we crossed it all. We braved it all. And it was not one bit easy. Our bikes were tested, body was tested, patience was tested, endurance was tested. Bikes and bones creaked, hands turned blue due to the cold. We felt like giving up. We felt like stopping it all. But we didn’t. We reminded ourselves why we were doing it. We reminded ourselves of our passion and we kept on going.

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