India’s Rajput military architecture monuments on World Heritage list

While inclusion request for Great Himalayan Park near Kullu in Himachal into the list has been rejected

New Delhi/May 9
Six hill forts in India’s Rajasthan state that represent historical Rajput military architecture of 8th and 9th century have finally made it to the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Rajasthan’s hill forts of Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Ranthambore, Jaisalmer, Amber and Gagron have always been centre of attraction to tourists from India and abroad. “The six historical sites have been selected into World Heritage list,” said a spokesperson of Indian Culture ministry, adding that Great Himalayan Park near Kullu in Himachal Pradesh was not included in the list.
Rajasthan government had prepared the nomination dossier of these six forts and was sent for approval to UNESCO in January 2011 and International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) after a visit to Jaipur in November 2012, has recommended their inclusion in World Heritage list.
Indian government will pursue inclusion of Great Himalayan Park in Kullu and Rani ka Bagh in Gujarat’s Pattan area into World Heritage list next year, added the spokesperson.
Four of these hill forts are managed by Archeological Survey of India (ASI) with two sites are being protected by Rajasthan government.
These six hill forts are located on Aravalli mountain range and these sites were constructed between 8th to 19th century AD. These represent Rajput military hill architecture that is an exceptional example of centres of Rajput power and control, are reflections of courtly culture and patronage of arts and music, their mercantile business, multi-gated approaches through massive and high fortification walls, palaces, temples, memorials and water reservoirs.