Go For a Trip Across the Globe This World Heritage Day

Go For a Trip Across the Globe This World Heritage Day
Ajanta caves near Aurangabad, Maharashtra are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

We mean virtually, of course

Simrran Gill
April 18 , 2020
08 Min Read

Each year April 18 is observed as World Heritage Day to promote culture and heritage across the globe. The International Council on Monuments and Sites, a non-governmental international organisation dedicated to the conservation of the world's monuments and sites, has proposed a theme for celebrations including various virtual activities such as webinars, online lectures, live-streamed interviews and more. 

 
 
 
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Happy International Day for Monuments and Sites! #18April Find out more about this year's theme by looking at the videos recorded by the Co-Chairs of the ICOMOS GA2020 Scientific Symposium https://www.icomos.org/en/about-icomos/governance/general-information-about-the-general-assembly/future-general-assemblies-2019-2020/74886-watch-our-videos-for-this-year-s-18-april #Sharedcultures #Sharedheritage #Sharedresponsability #IDMS

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The theme for 2020 is ‘Shared Cultures, Thread Heritage, Shared Responsibility’, the aim of which is to raise awareness about values and conservation of our heritage sites. The theme resonates now more than ever, with countries across the world dealing with a health crisis. While the pandemic might stop you from getting out of your house, going places from the comfort of your couch has never been easier. 

While heritage cultures cannot be shared physically at the moment, UNESCO has pipelined events to support cultural industries and artists through the COVID-19 pandemic, via debates and discussions all across the world.

 
 
 
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There are several risks that loom over our shared culture and heritage right now. You can know more about that through our story on these heritage buildings, that need robust conservation

India boasts of a rich monumental legacy owing to its royal past. From carved temples to hill forts, India has as many as 38 Unesco World Heritage Sites to offer. Can you name at least 10 of them? 

 
 
 
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The Taj Mahal, a @UNESCO #WorldHeritage site was built by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan: âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂœ”ï¸ÂAs an immense mausoleum in memory of his favorite wife. âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂœ”ï¸ÂAs a birthday gift for his eldest son. âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂœ”ï¸ÂAs a memorial for his father. Answer👇 During #COVID-19, travel safe – travel virtually. . . . . #TajMahal #India #ShareCulture #Travel #Culture #Heritage

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At its 43rd meet in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2019, Unesco added 29 "new" old sites to its list of heritage sites. The Pink City, Jaipur, became the second Indian city to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list

The desert state of Rajasthan, however, is not just limited to Jaipur. The stunning desert landscape and the vibrance of Rajasthani folk culture can now be experienced through this creation and curation of virtual experiences around the state’s cities, wildlife and culture. 

 
 
 
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As soon as social distancing rules came into place, walking tours across the country were stopped. But many of these are available on our screens via virtual tours. For instance, you can travel through Europe via the architecture and embellishments inside the European palaces. Or take a tour through these museums that share deep insights into the world’s inherited history, heritage, culture and traditions

Even local walking outfits in cities are trying to figure out a way to keep the walks going, via innovative methods. Kolkata-based historian, Anthony Khatchaturian, known for his ghost walks, continues to take viewers through his walks by stepping out in the dead of night when roads are emptied of crowds and traffic, with viewers on a Skype call, and he intends carry out all his ghost walks virtually till travel restrictions are removed.

READ: A Heritage Tram Walk In Kolkata is a Window into History 


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