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Twitter rejoices as Jaipur declared a World Heritage Site

Leaders across the political spectrum expressed their delight following the announcement

By The Telegraph

  • Published 6.07.19, 6:27 PM
  • Updated 6.07.19, 6:27 PM
The Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. Like other hotspots in the Pink City, the Hawa Mahal attracts thousands of visitors
The Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. Like other hotspots in the Pink City, the Hawa Mahal attracts thousands of visitors (Wikimedia Commons)

Pink has bloomed in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, which was declared a World Heritage site by Unesco on Saturday. The UN agency broke the news on Twitter:

The announcement that the Walled City — famed for its lively culture and signature architecture — had made it to the coveted list of iconic sites was made after the 43rd session of the Unesco World Heritage Committee in Baku, Azerbaijan, reports PTI.

On its website, Unesco spoke of the history of the city. It was founded in 1727 by Sawai Jai Singh II on the plain and built according to a grid plan, the website says. Jaipur’s unique architecture was an amalgamation of Hindu, Mughal and Western influences, the website adds.

Leaders across the political spectrum expressed their delight following the announcement. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: 

The Rajasthan chief minister, Ashok Gehlot, chimed in, saying the tag would “add to the glory” of the city:

Gehlot’s deputy, Sachin Pilot, called for celebrations in the city that was a few days ago the scene of ugly protests over the alleged rape of a seven-year-old girl. 

Former chief minister Vasundhara Raje took some of the credit for Jaipur making it to the World Heritage Site list: 

Among others who were elated by the news included noted economist and former Niti Aayog chairman Arvind Panagariya:

The other sites added to the list are located in Australia, Bahrain, China, Indonesia, Japan and the People’s Democratic Republic of Lao. 

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