The Walled City of Jaipur, known for its iconic architectural legacy and vibrant culture, on 6 July made its entry into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. The announcement was made after the 43rd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC), underway at Baku (Azerbaijan) from 30 June to 10 July, examined the nomination of the Walled City of Jaipur for inclusion in the World Heritage list.
The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) had inspected the city in 2018, post its nomination. The WHC in Baku examined the nomination and inscribed it in UNESCO World Heritage Site list. The historic walled city of Jaipur in Rajasthan was founded in 1727 AD under the patronage of Sawai Jai Singh II. It serves as the capital city of the culturally-rich state of Rajasthan.
“The city was proposed to be nominated for its value of being an exemplary development in town planning and architecture that demonstrates an amalgamation and important exchange of ideas in the late medieval period. In town planning, it shows an interchange of ancient Hindu, Mughal and contemporary Western ideas that resulted in the form of the city,” UNESCO Office in New Delhi had earlier said.
The World Heritage Committee is composed of representatives of 21 States Parties to the World Heritage Convention who meet annually. The Committee is in charge of implementing the Convention. To date, 1,092 sites in 167 countries have been inscribed on the World Heritage List.