6 Hill Forts of Rajasthan Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List

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Six hill forts of Rajasthan figure in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and their names are “The forts of Chittaurgarh, Ranthambore, Jaisalmer, Kumbhalgarh, Amber and Gagron fort“. All the forts are situated in the Aravalli mountain range in Chittaurgarh, Sawai Madhopur, Jaisalmer, Rajsamand, Jaipur and Jhalawar districts. They are truly unique examples of outstanding Rajput military architecture that are found in temples, memorials, palaces, etc., and all forts are built between 13th and 19th centuries.

In 2012, five forts of Rajasthan were nominated, but rejected by the UNESCO panel. However, this year the government added one more fort that was Jaisalmer fort and reworked on the documents of previous five forts and re-nominated them, including Jaisalmer fort. For the last two years, India has been attempting to inscribe these magnificent hill forts on the World Heritage List. But, we are really pleased that it has been done this year.

In November, 2012, a two-member (Susan Denyor and Giles Tillotson) “ICOMOS” advisory mission, came to Rajasthan and visit Jaipur. A meeting was held among ICOMOS advisory member, Rajasthan government and officials of Archaeological Survey of India. Later, the ICOMOS recommended in their report that all the six hill forts be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Two forts out of six are protected by the Rajasthan State Archaeological Survey, and other four are protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.

This year, India has also sent the nomination of the Great Himalayan National Park, situated in Himachal Pradesh in UNESCO World Heritage Sites under the category of the cultural properties. However, its candidature has put on hold due to lack of documents or want some more documents. This national park is located in the Kullu district and spread over 75,400 hectares. As now, India has total 29 world heritage sites, 23 cultural and 6 natural properties.

Summer Festival 2013 – Mount Abu, Rajasthan

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Every year, thousands of tourists and travelers flock to Mount Abu for enjoying summer festival and escaping from high heat and humidity as well. If you too want to watch and enjoy it this year, then days are too near as the festival is going to take place for three days, starting from 23rd till 25th May, 2013. Booking for hotels, tour packages and for other things have been started. So, don’t wait and make your booking as soon as possible.

This three day carnival is organized by Rajasthan Tourism every year during Buddha Poornima in Mount Abu, which is the only hill station in Rajasthan. This outstanding and beautiful hill town serves as an ideal location for the summer fair because of its rocky terrain, serene lakes, pleasant atmosphere and attractive places. The summer festival starts with a ceremonial procession from the RTDC Shikhar Hotel and finally gathering at the Nakki Lake Chowk that is followed by best regional folk performances by local folk artists and performers.

This carnival offers a great time to local, national and international tourists and visitors to relax, enjoy and entertain themselves with the outstanding folk dances, events, competitions and other common activities happening all around. The second and third day of the festival is more attractive and exciting as all the events and sports organized between these two days. The Sham-e-Qawwali is one of the special attractions of this fete. It is a musical show, which fascinates visitors with narrations by famous qawwals from different parts of the country. The melodious classical and folk music of Rajasthan and Boat race on Nakki Lake are the main highlights of the festivals. Apart from this, the festival also offers a look of the tribal & village life of the state.

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