UNESCO recognised World Heritage Sites as places that are considered to be of immense cultural and natural importance in the world. Let us have a look and find out what the world appreciates the most about India.
A Golden Triangle of India tour covers 3 cities (New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur) in North India. These cities create a triangular shape on a map, hence the name the Golden Triangle of India. An Indian Golden Triangle tour though is intense. I would totally suggest a Golden Triangle and beach holiday combination.
The Indian government’s decision to give a 17th-century monument up for “adoption” to a private conglomerate has provoked both protest and support across social media.
The Dalmia Bharat group has signed a five-year contract worth about $3.7m (£2.7m) to maintain the Red Fort in Delhi.
This is the first contract involving a private company as part of the government’s Adopt a Heritage scheme launched in September last year.
According to the contract, the group will work on maintenance, renovation and provide better amenities in the premises of the monument. It will also cover marketing for the site and it will be allowed to use its brand name inside the fort, prompting accusations that the country has “sold” its heritage.
India’s tourism ministry later clarified that the agreement signed with Dalmia Bharat was “only for development, operations and maintenance of tourism amenities” in and around the monument and envisaged limited access to non-core areas.
The news nonetheless has divided opinion on social media.
‘India on sale’
“Amid all the chest-beating about patriotism, Modi’s govt has auctioned the iconic Red Fort to the highest bidder.
The Indian government has handed over a part of Red Fort to a private company as part of a controversial “Adopt A Heritage” scheme.
According to The National, cement corporation The Dalmia Bharat Group paid 250 million rupees to adopt the Red Fort for five years.
“We will endeavour to make Red Fort a world-class monument in terms of amenities and experience,” said Sundeep Kumar, the executive director of Dalmia Bharat. The company plans to take initiatives that will “enhance the tourist experience”.
The Bhartiya Janata Party-led government, under the ‘Adopt A Heritage’ scheme, plans to entrust heritage sites/monuments and other tourist sites to private sector companies, public sector companies and individuals for the development of tourist amenities. They would become ‘Monument Mitras’ and adopt the sites.
The move has been criticized by the opposition parties.
Around 2.5 million visitors from across the world visit Red Fort each year, only to find crumbling brickwork, vandalised walls, rubbish strewn in corners and inadequate toilets.
Red Fort is said to be New Delhi’s most iconic monument.
The Union ministry of tourism’s ‘adopt a monument’ scheme has seen at least half a dozen centrally-protected monuments in the capital find a corporate sponsor. The latest in that list is Red Fort, which has been ‘adopted’ by Dalmia Bharat Ltd. The idea is to look after operations at the fort and maintain this Unesco world heritage site for the next five years.
The ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme was launched by the President on World Tourism Day on September 27, 2017. Under it, private and public sector companies and corporate individuals were invited to adopt heritage sites and to take up responsibility for making them more accessible while also promoting sustainable tourism through conservation and development as their ‘corporate social responsibility’.
“They would become ‘Monument Mitras’ and adopt the sites. The basic and advanced amenities of the tourist destinations would be provided by them. They would also look after the operations and the maintenance of the amenities,” said a ministry official.
The project began at 93 ASI ticketed monuments and would be expanded to other natural and cultural sites across India.
The ‘Delhi Declaration on Heritage and Democracy’ was adopted at the closing session of the ICOMOS 19th General Assembly in New Delhi, India, on 15th December 2017, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium-Auditorium in New Delhi, India. The Delhi Declaration emphasized the understanding that people’s perspective is central to heritage, and the General Assembly declared that ethical principles have to be developed for heritage. Cultural identities should not be compromised by uniform and insensitive planning. Collection and dissemination of information related to a heritage resource must be done in a transparent manner, using digital technologies by governments and institutions.
The ICOMOS General Assembly occurs every three years and the Indian National Committee of ICOMOS hosted this 19th General Assembly from 11th to 15th December, 2017.
Delhi the capital city of India, one the most happening place in India for tourists from all over the world. This blog features what Delhi has to offer with respect to History.
The Red Fort is a historical fort in the city of Delhi in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years, until 1857. It is located in the center of Delhi and houses a number of museums.
Constructed in 1639 by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the palace of his fortified capital Shahjahanabad, the Red Fort is named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone and is adjacent to the older Salimgarh Fort, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546.
Once the heart of the Mughal Sultanate, the Red Fort now tops the bucket list of every tourist up for a heritage tour of Delhi. It earns the name red fort due to the outer fort wall made entirely of red sandstone. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2007. And yes, they were damn right in doing so!
How To Reach :
You can board a metro till the Chandni Chowk metro station and take a rickshaw ride to the fort. Ask the local vendors if you are having a trouble finding the main road to catch a rickshaw.
The Visit :
Upon arriving at the Red Fort, one is greeted by the expansive outer wall of the fort and the familiar site of the PM’s annual speech.
With its long and rich history, India is home to an astounding array of remarkable sites, many of which have been given UNESCO World Heritage status. We take a look at 10 of the most extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India, from royal palaces and tombs to ancient astronomical architecture.
The Red Fort, Delhi
Having been the residence of the Mughal Emperor, The Red Fort is both ornate and imposing, offering a tranquil retreat from the city within its red sandstone walls. The architecture fuses Persian, Hindu and Timurid elements, making it typical of the Mughal Empire.
Jama Masjid, Delhi
As one of the largest mosques in India, constructed in red sandstone and marble by more than 5,000 artisans, Jamal Masjid is certainly an impressive sight.