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

amber fort

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.

Nagaur Cattle Festival 2013

Nagaur festival also called Cattle fair is the 2nd popular festival of Rajasthan. Nagaur is a small town located between Jodhpur and Bikaner. Every year this festival is held between January to February. People come from all over the Rajasthan or nearby state with their cattle like horses, bullocks and camel etc to trade. All the cattle are fully decorated with fancy dresses or colorful things and even their owner flaunt wearing colorful turbans and long moustaches.

Cattle fair - Nagaur 2013

Other attractions of the fair- Red Chilly Market also known as the ‘Mirchi Bazaar’ is the second main attraction besides Cattle in the Nagaur fair. At this fair you could also find otter things like handmade items, wooden items, camel leather accessories, rajasthani dresses etc.

handmade items

Date for cattle fair-This year cattle fair will be held from 17th Feb. to 20th Feb 13.

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