Heritage Site

  • Saving the Ganga: The majestic and mystical world of Sundarban August 9, 2014

    CNN-IBN's Environment Editor Bahar Dutt tracks the river Ganga, from the Himalayas down to the Sunderbans. The Sundarban is a UN World Heritage site over parts of India and Bangladesh. The name Sundarban comes from the Sundari tree found in the mangroves here. ...
  • Unesco draws action plan to safeguard Iraqi heritage July 18, 2014

    Paris: Concerned about illicit excavation of archaeological sites and trafficking of artefacts in conflict-torn Iraq, Unesco on Friday said cultural heritage experts have agreed on an "emergency response action plan" to safeguard the country's rich and diverse cultural heritage. The plan, held in consultation with Iraqi and international cultural heritage experts,...
  • Quiz: These 31 World Heritage sites in India are recognised by UNESCO. Can you identify them? June 24, 2014

    There are 31 World Heritage Sites in India recognised by UNESCO. All of these are places of natural and cultural importance in India. The first two sites from India made it to the World Heritage sites list way back in the year 1983! Can you identify all of these...
  • Gujarat's 'Rani Ki Vav' in Unesco heritage site list, Modi hails move June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Rani ki Vav (queen's stepwell), in Gujarat's Patan town, has been added to Unesco's list of World Heritage sites, an official statement said Sunday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the decision, calling it a "matter of great pride" for the state. "Rani Ki Vav in Patan, Gujarat, has been...
  • Taj Mahal ranked third among top landmarks in the world June 30, 2013

    New York: Travellers from across the globe have ranked India's Taj Mahal among the top three landmarks in the world, a leading travel website has announced. According to TripAdvisor's 2013 Travellers Choice Attractions Awards, Taj Mahal was ranked third in the list of Top 25 landmarks. The top two places were...
  • Union cabinet approves Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission May 17, 2013

    New Delhi: The union cabinet on Thursday approved the establishment of the Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission to conserve and restore the sites associated with the Father of the Nation. "The mission would be entrusted with the identification, collation and assessment of information on Gandhi heritage material for its management and deployment,"...
  • Will Golconda or Charminar ever get UNESCO tag? July 28, 2012

    Hyderabad: Will Golconda or Charminar ever figure in UNESCO’s World Heritage list? Going by the present state of affairs, it can safely be presumed that nothing of the sort will happen in the next few years. Experts from UNESCO’s International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) are set to visit...
  • Hyderabad: Charminar, Golkonda to be heritage sites July 24, 2012

    Hyderabad: The state government through central government has filed nominations for the declaration of Charminar, Golkonda and Qutubshahi Tombs as World Heritage sites by UNESCO, GHMC commissioner, M T Krishna Babu said. He held a review meeting with Rajath Kumar, commissioner, Tourism on the issue of declaration of World Heritage Sites...
  • Karnataka: UNESCO status cause for concern? July 4, 2012

    Chikmagalur: It is too late now for the Government of Karnataka to regret over UNESCO’s decision to include the Western Ghat in the list of World Heritage Sites. The Centre, particularly the then Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh, had recommended the pristine Western Ghat stretching from Kerala...
  • Western Ghats is now a UN World Heritage Site July 2, 2012

    New York: India's 1600-km long Western Ghats mountain chain, which has forests older than the Himalaya mountains, has been added to list of world heritage sites by the United Nations. The Western Ghats mountain chain is recognised as one of the world's eight "hottest hotspots" of biological diversity. The chain's forests, which...
  • Thrissur temple may be world heritage site March 19, 2012

    Thrissur: Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has recently recommended 14 sites, including temples and palaces, from Kerala to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESO) to include in its list of World Heritage Sites. ASI's superintending Archaeologist in Thrissur, Dr M Nambirajan told PTI on Monday that the ancient...
  • H'bad: UNESCO gets Qutub Shahi dossier February 17, 2012

    HYDERABAD: The comprehensive dossier and management plan for the Qutub Shahi monuments in Hyderabad (Golconda Fort, Qutub Shahi tombs and Charminar) has been submitted to UNESCO through the Archaeological Survey of India for their recognition as World Heritage Sites. “The dossier was sent well before the deadline of Feb 1,”...
  • Thai floods kill 224, inundate World Heritage Site October 4, 2011

    Bangkok: At least 224 people have died in flooding in Thailand since mid-July and water has inundated the 400-year-old Chai Wattanaram temple in the ancient city of Ayutthaya, a World Heritage Site, officials said on Tuesday. The temple is by the Chao Phraya river, which flows down to the capital, Bangkok,...
  • Beatles' Abbey Road crossing now a heritage site December 22, 2010

    London: A London zebra-crossing made famous by a Beatles album cover has been listed as a heritage site. Heritage minister John Penrose says Wednesday the crossing at Abbey Road in north London was listed as a testimony to the international fame of the band. Every year the crossing draws thousands of visitors,...
  • Taj Mahal for the rich and famous only? December 13, 2010

    London: Access to the Taj Mahal, the epitome of Mughal art and one of the world's most recognisable structures, may be limited to the rich and famous only, a new report has suggested. The report by the influential Future Laboratory in Britain claims that the Taj Mahal in India, the...
  • Morocco minaret collapse, toll rises to 41 February 20, 2010

    Meknes: Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Saturday ordered experts to check the safety of the country's historic mosques as the death toll from the collapse of a centuries-old minaret rose to 41 people, the official news agency said. The minaret fell onto a crowded mosque during prayers on Friday in the...
  • Govt to increase security at tourist centers December 16, 2008

    New Delhi: The government has decided to upgrade security at heritage buildings across the country, especially those buildings which attract a large number of tourists. Tourism Minister Ambika Soni says their top priority is the Taj Mahal in Agra which is India's most famous tourist attraction. The Tourism Ministry has asked...
  • Heritage site tax holiday has no takers April 10, 2008

    Bangalore: Its been nearly two months since the Finance Minister announced a five-year tax holiday for hotels built near world heritage sites. But contrary to initial expectations, the offer has had no takers from the hospitality industry. A five-year income tax holiday for any hotel that sets up shop in one...
  • Five Indian monuments are 'dying' June 9, 2007

    New Delhi: The World Monument Watch has come out with a list of the 100 most endangered heritage sites in the world which includes five Indian sites. The Indian sites are Srinagar Heritage Zone (J&K), Leh Old Town (J&K), Amber (Rajasthan), Jantar Mantar (Jaipur, Rajasthan) and Chettinad (Tamil Nadu). All the Indian...
  • Stone quarrying at J&K's heritage site June 19, 2007

    Srinagar: The Guruyal ravines in Kashmir could be yet another stone quarrying site in the country - except that in this case, it is a World Heritage site. A team of over 30 geologists had the shock of their lives on reaching the Guruyal ravines on the outskirts of Srinagar....