Delhi has been vying for this status for almost four years now. Its 155 national monuments and over a thousand culturally rich places make it an apt candidate for the coveted status. Yet, the Capital is languishing in the tentative nomination list alongside a new candidate, Ahmedabad.
For several historians and authors, India is an enchanting muse. Its history works in layers. Delhi is said to have nine lives — dynasties came and went and left a mark on the city. Kolkata is famous for its cultural vibrancy — Jews, Armenians, Muslims, Hindus and Chinese occupy their spaces, Jaipur and Ahmedabad impress with their forts while Mumbai’s colonial and Hyderabad’s Mughal influences give them a romantic nature. Yet, when one searches for the name of an Indian city in the list of over 200 World Heritage Cities, one draws a blank.
A World Heritage Status translates into greater tourist inflow and knowledge exchange, among other benefits . Every year, countries are invited to send two nominations for the
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