India gets 38th UNESCO world heritage site

India received its 38th UNESCO World Heritage site as ‘Pink City’ Jaipur was recognised by the global community for its historic and cultural riches

July 6, 2019

Jaipur, Rajasthan added as a UNESCO World Heritage site at the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee

India’s 38 World Heritage sites include 30 cultural properties, seven natural properties and one mixed site

In 2018-19, Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA) increased to 10.6 million compared with 10.4 million previously

In 2018-19, Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism stood at US$27.7 billion, amid steady increase

The 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee, held at Baku, Azerbaijan, featured a landmark achievement for India with the inscription of Jaipur, Rajasthan as the country’s 38th World Heritage site. Following much debate and discussion within the 21 nations of the World Heritage Committee, the nomination of India’s ‘Pink City’ has been successfully done, in compliance with various UNESCO guidelines of 2017.

Union Minister for Culture (IC), Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, thanked the global community for recognising the historic and cultural relevance of Jaipur. From its trade-centric layout to the many iconic monuments to see, Jaipur is an expression of the skills, living traditions, urban form, and foresighted city planning of an exemplary 18th century city from India.

The nomination of Jaipur City as a world heritage site was supported by many countries, namely Brazil, Bahrain, Cuba, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Zimbabwe, China, Guatemala, Uganda, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Angola, St. Kitts and Nevis, with Australia and Norway following suit soon after the discussion.

According to Economic Survey, the tourism sector plays a vital role in enabling economic growth, through improvements in GDP, foreign exchange earnings, and employment. India’s Tourism sector has been steadily growing over the years, with Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) growing at 14 per cent to 10.4 million in 2017-18 before reaching 10.6 million this year. 

Today, India has a total of 38 World Heritage sites, which includes 30 cultural properties, seven natural properties, and one mixed site. These sites play an integral part in attracting earnings from inbound tourism. The Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism stood at US$27.7 billion in 2018-19, as the sector continues to develop through inbound and outbound travel. Outbound tourism has also increased in recent years, with a growth rate of 9.5 per cent in 2017.