UNESCO’s World Heritage Cities List Recently Added Gwalior and Orchha
By: Ashwathy Nair
- The inclusion of cities is considered a major achievement for the state.
- UNESCO aims to promote world peace and security through international cooperation in education.
- A master plan for the development will be prepared after having a look at the heritage properties.
The list of UNESCO world heritage cities has recently added the historical fort cities of Gwalior and Orchha in Madhya Pradesh, under its urban landscape programme. The inclusion of these cities in the list is considered as a major achievement for the state.
An agency of the United Nations, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is focused towards promoting world peace and security by international cooperation in sciences, education, and culture.
“After Gwalior and Orchha got added up in the heritage city list, the face of the two historical fort cities in Madhya Pradesh will completely change and the state tourism department along with UNESCO will be making a master plan to beautify the two places.”
Next year, a team of UNESCO will be visiting the state, and after examining the heritage properties, they will be preparing a master plan for their development and conservation.
“The project will prove to set an example for South Asia”.
Under the recommendations of the Historic Urban Landscape, UNESCO will be proposing the best measures and resources for the growth of these places under the programme.
The establishment of Gwalior was in the 9th century, which was ruled by Gurjar Pratihar Rajvansh, Tomar, Baghel Kachvaho and Scindias.
Gwalior is a place known for its palaces and temples that attracts the tourists. The fort of Gwalior occupies a sandstone plateau that overlooks the city and is accessed through a winding road lined with sacred Jain statues.
One of the must-see attraction in Gwalior is the 10th century’s fort, which is famous for its tales and architecture. Along with that, it includes some famous spots like Raj Mahal, Jehangir Mahal, Rai Praveen Mahal, Ramraja Temple, and Laxminarayan Mandir.
After the inclusion of Gwalior and Orchha in the list of the World Heritage City, chemical treatment will be done on historic spots such as Mansingh Palace, Gujri Mahal, and Sahastrabahu Temple to make art more visible that is inscribed on them.
As per the Indian tradition, guards will be posted at these places to welcome the tourists.