06.07.2019 - UNESCO Office in New Delhi

Jaipur inscribed to UNESCO's World Heritage List

Today, the 43nd session of the World Heritage Committee currently taking place in Baku (Azerbaijan) inscribed Jaipur City, Rajasthan, on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Jaipur therefore becomes the 38th Indian site on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list.

UNESCO New Delhi Director Eric Falt immediately congratulated all those who worked tirelessly on the nomination, which celebrates yet another of India’s outstanding heritage sites, only one year after the successful nomination of the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai in 2018. "I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate the Government of India, the state of Rajasthan and the city of Jaipur on this successful nomination", he said.

By inscribing Jaipur City on the List of World Heritage, the World Heritage Committee acknowledges the city’s outstanding value as a cultural property.

The fortified city of Jaipur, in India’s northwestern state of Rajasthan was founded in 1727 by Sawai Jai Singh II. Unlike other cities in the region located in hilly terrain, Jaipur was established on the plain and built according to a grid plan interpreted in the light of Vedic architecture. The streets feature continuous colonnaded businesses that intersect in the centre, creating large public squares called chaupars. Markets, stalls, residences and temples built along the main streets have uniform facades. The city's urban planning shows an exchange of ideas from ancient Hindu and modern Mughal as well as Western cultures. The grid plan is a model that prevails in the West, while the organization of the different districts refers to traditional Hindu concepts. Designed to be a commercial capital, the city has maintained its local commercial, artisanal and cooperative traditions to this day.

UNESCO seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972. 

To watch the congratulatory video message of the UNESCO New Delhi Director click here.   

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