April 18 is observed as World Heritage Day as suggested by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). It was in 1982 that the ICOMOS suggested that April 18 should be celebrated as the International Day for Monuments and Sites.
With the global COVID-19 outbreak, the organization has suggested certain measures to celebrate April 18 through the power of the internet. On this day, possible activities can be virtual conferences, online lectures, press releases, and social media campaigns.
You can post photos, information and videos on shared cultures and shared heritage from your respective country. To increase the reach, we should use hashtags and share the message with as many friends and family as possible. Individuals can also upload photos that are in relation to the theme, onto the ICOMOS Photobank.
Here are 5 Heritage sites that one must visit:
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
The Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is in Assam and covers an area of 50,000 hectares and it was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 for its unique natural environment. The biodiversity hotspot is the habitat of several species, most-threatened, endangered species among others.
Nanda Devi National Park
Nanda Devi National Park is located in Uttarakhand, India, this exotic place is home to rare and endangered animals. Together, they comprise to form as Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and features in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2004.
Rani Ki Vav
Rani Ki Vav is located in Gujarat. It has been listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites since 2014. The length is more than 64 m long, 20 m (66 ft) wide and 27 m deep. There are more than 500 sculptures of God including Dus-Avatars Kalki, Rama, Mahisasurmardini, Varahi and others representing their return to the world.
The Chola Temples were built by Chola empires. The site includes three temples: the Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, the Brihadisvara Temple at Gangaikondacholisvaram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram. These temples showcase achievements of the Chola in architecture, sculpture, and bronze casting.
Red Fort of Agra
The Red Fort of Agra is located in Agra and was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638. The fortress which is made of red sandstone is located on the banks of Yamuna River. It comprises many palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan and audience hall called Diwan-i-Khas among others.