World Heritage

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

    CNNIBN'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. ...
  • 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...
  • Chhattisgarh to work for making Sirpur a world heritage site June 17, 2014

    Chhattisgarh's Culture and Tourism department has asked its officials to prepare a special action plan for making Sirpur, known for its archaeological importance, a 'world heritage site'. While reviewing the work of Culture and Archaeological Department in Raipur on Monday, state culture and tourism minster Ajay Chandrakar asked to collect articles...
  • Kejriwal offers prayers at the grave of Bismillah Khan April 28, 2014

    Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday prayed and offered flowers at the grave of shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan at Dargha EFatmaan in Sigra in Varanasi. Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan's son Ustad Zamin Hussain Bismillah, along with Bismillah Khan's grandson, Afaque Haider, was also present at the Dargha...
  • World Heritage Day: Agra residents show no pride to Taj city's rich historical legacy April 18, 2014

    While World Heritage Day was celebratd globally on Friday, Agra's residents seem unconcerned and indifferent to the Taj city's rich historical legacy. Even with three World Heritage monuments and two more, Akbar's tomb at Sikandra and Etmauddaula, in the pipeline, the people in Agra displayed no sense of pride in their...
  • Assam: Kaziranga National Park opens for tourists November 1, 2013

    The Kaziranga National Park (KNP), famed for its onehorned rhinos, opened to tourists, on Friday, after it was routinely closed in May last before the onset of monsoons. The Park was opened for four months by Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain, on Friday, with over 120 foreign visitors taking elephant rides and...
  • 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...
  • Great Barrier Reef may be stripped of heritage status January 22, 2013

    Sydney: The Great Barrier Reef near Australia could be stripped of its world heritage status if action is not taken to better protect the natural icon from coal and gas developments, environment groups have said. A coalition of such groups has launched the "Fight for the Reef" campaign in Canberra,...
  • Will Golconda or Charminar ever get UNESCO tag? July 28, 2012

    Hyderabad: Will Golconda or Charminar ever figure in UNESCOs 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 UNESCOs 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 against Western Ghats' world heritage tag July 4, 2012

    Bangalore: Karnataka on Wednesday said the state was against UNESCO declaring 10 spots in Western Ghats as world heritage sites as it would affect development work. Minister for Forest CP Yogeshwar said in Bangalore that though the state had opposed the proposal, the Centre has gone ahead with the notification. Development...
  • Karnataka: UNESCO status cause for concern? July 4, 2012

    Chikmagalur: It is too late now for the Government of Karnataka to regret over UNESCOs 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 1600km 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...
  • Hampis Akka Tangi Gundu breaks into pieces May 15, 2012

    HAMPI: Akka Tangi Gundu, a famous rock structure at world heritage site Hampi, broke into pieces in Hampi on Sunday. The rock was situated just beside the road on way to Virupaksha Temple. The incident took place at 1.30 pm on Sunday. However, the broken pieces of the boulders caused...
  • 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 midJuly and water has inundated the 400yearold 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,...
  • UNESCO adds new sites to world heritage list June 25, 2011

    Moscow: The UNESCO has added many new landmarks on its World Heritage List, the global organisation reported on its website. Among the new sites are lake districts in China and Kenya, a coastline in Australia, a delta in Senegal and a string of Japanese islands. UNESCO identified the Kenya Lake System in...
  • 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 centuriesold minaret rose to 41 people, the official news agency said. The minaret fell onto a crowded mosque during prayers on Friday in the...
  • KalkaShimla railway, now World Heritage Site July 10, 2008

    Shimla: The historic KalkaShimla railway line has been declared a world heritage site by the UNESCO Heritage Committee. With ninetysix kilometers long, 990 bends, 969 bridges, 102 tunnels and over a century of memories, the spectacular KalkaSimla Railway, or KSR as it is known, is now a world heritage. KSR is...
  • New on heritage list: apartments, churches, cities July 8, 2008

    Washington/Quebec City: The UN cultural agency UNESCO has added 11 new heritage sites covering a swath of civilization from 10,000yearold agriculture in Papua New Guinea to 20thcentury social housing in Berlin. UNESCO added eight new listings on Monday including sites in the Straits of Malacca, Papua New Guinea and San Marino....
  • Govt plans may take Humayun's tomb off heritage list July 16, 2007

    New Delhi: It's Delhi's oldest heritage zone, a world heritage site and an Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protected monument. However, that is obviously not enough to save Humayun's Tomb from vandalism and this time from the Government, which is all set to build a tunnel link road running...
  • Red Fort gets world heritage status June 28, 2007

    New Delhi: Taj Mahal a grand monument, from where Shah Jahan ruled the vast Mughal empire, rules the hearts of tourists who come to India. Now the Red Fort has got a nod of approval from UNESCO, which has named it a world heritage site. So how does the...
  • Kashmir fort hoped to attract tourists June 17, 2007

    Srinagar: The famous Hariparbat fort in Kashmir stands tall over Srinagar. The fort, which was taken over by the security forces, is now open to public after 18 years. However, a visit inside reveals how the monument is now a distant resemblance of what it was once. "It is five km...