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World Heritage Day


Celebrating India’s Rich Heritage

Let’s celebrate our fascinating history on April 18th! It’s World Heritage Day, a day when we all gather to honor our shared past as humans. We celebrate the different cultures of the world, value important landmarks, and pledge to protect our heritage for the future.

World Heritage Day, also known as The International Day for Monuments and Sites, acknowledges the efforts of groups like ICOMOS – the International Council on Monuments and Sites. This day is about raising awareness of our diverse cultural heritage and ensuring it remains safe for future generations. Ancient monuments and buildings are treasures for everyone worldwide. However, they need our support to remain treasures for years to come. That’s why teamwork on a global scale is crucial on this day.

There are many incredible heritage sites and monuments worldwide, including many here in India, that beautifully represent Indian culture.

History of World Heritage Day

World Heritage Day, also known as The International Day for Monuments and Sites, started in 1982 by a group called ICOMOS, which stands for the International Council for Monuments and Sites. This group was formed based on the ideas from the Venice Charter in 1964 to help take care of monuments and sites.

ICOMOS brings together experts like architects, engineers, geographers, artists, and archaeologists. Every year, these professionals join forces to ensure that some of the world’s most beautiful places and important cultural sites are kept safe for the future.

Since it started, ICOMOS has grown a lot. It now has almost 10,000 members from over 150 countries around the world. Among them are over 400 people from different institutions, national groups, and international scientific groups. They all work together to protect important places and discover new ones that need help.

In 2023, two new Indian sites were added to the World Heritage List: Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas and Santiniketan. Thanks to the hard work of ICOMOS members and leaders, these places will be cared for for the happiness of future generations.

World Heritage Day 2024 Theme

Every year, World Heritage Day focuses on a special idea. In 2024, it’s about “Discover and experience diversity.” This idea reminds us that each culture has its own special and amazing story.

Schools can make World Heritage Day fun for kids by planning exciting activities. They can have storytelling times, go visit famous monuments and special places in India, draw pictures and make posters, organize festivals celebrating heritage, and even watch movies that show different cultures and traditions. It’s a great way for children to learn about and enjoy the many different parts of our world.

How to Celebrate World Heritage Day

To celebrate World Heritage Day, start by exploring the cool World Heritage Sites near you. Take a trip and check them out, but before you go, learn how to keep them safe and follow the rules when you visit.

See if there are any events in your area celebrating World Heritage Day. These events remind people to take care of important buildings and monuments. Join in and show your support for these important reasons. You can easily find local events – just look in your community’s Facebook group for details.

Spread the word about World Heritage Day on social media. Share a post telling your friends and family what it’s all about and invite them to celebrate with you. You can even share a picture of a famous international site you’ve seen or want to see and ask your friends to share their favorites too.

Indian Monuments on the World Heritage List

India is home to a variety of cultures and a rich history that stretches back for ages. That’s why it’s exciting that 42 places in India are listed on the World Heritage List. These include well-known spots like the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort, along with incredible natural sites like Kaziranga and Sundarbans National Parks.

Here’s a list of the 42 Indian sites on the World Heritage List, organized by the year they were included:

  1. Agra Fort (1983)
  2. Ajanta Caves (1983)
  3. Ellora Caves (1983)
  4. Taj Mahal (1983)
  5. Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram (1984)
  6. Sun Temple, Konârak (1984)
  7. Kaziranga National Park (1985)
  8. Keoladeo National Park (1985)
  9. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (1985)
  10. Churches and Convents of Goa (1986)
  11. Fatehpur Sikri (1986)
  12. Group of Monuments at Hampi (1986)
  13. Khajuraho Group of Monuments (1986)
  14. Elephanta Caves (1987)
  15. Great Living Chola Temples (1987, 2004)
  16. Group of Monuments at Pattadakal (1987)
  17. Sundarbans National Park (1987)
  18. Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks (1988, 2005)
  19. Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi (1989)
  20. Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi (1993)
  21. Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi (1993)
  22. Mountain Railways of India (1999, 2005, 2008)
  23. Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya (2002)
  24. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka (2003)
  25. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park (2004)
  26. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) (2004)
  27. Red Fort Complex (2007)
  28. The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (2010)
  29. Western Ghats (2012)
  30. Hill Forts of Rajasthan (2013)
  31. Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat (2014)
  32. Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (2014)
  33. Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara at Nalanda, Bihar (2016)
  34. Khangchendzonga National Park (2016)
  35. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (2016)
  36. Historic City of Ahmadabad (2017)
  37. Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai (2018)
  38. Jaipur City, Rajasthan (2019)
  39. Dholavira: a Harappan City (2021)
  40. Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple, Telangana (2021)
  41. Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas (2023)
  42. Santiniketan (2023)



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