Today is World Heritage Day. The day is celebrated every year to promote the cultural heritage across the world. The theme of this year is Rural Landscapes.
It is also a day of international solidarity in favor of strengthening and safeguarding heritage world-wide. World heritage day also aims to seek recognition for the people involved in preserving the sites, especially scientists, archaeologists, geographers and engineers.
As of 2018, India has 36 World Heritage Sites including Western Ghats, Sundarbans National Park, Taj Mahal, City of Ahmadabad, Nalanda University, Mahabodhi Temple in Bihar and Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh.
International Council on Monuments and Sites, ICOMOS in 1982, suggested that 18th April be celebrated as the International Day for Monuments and Sites and UNESCO approved the proposal the next year during its 22nd General Conference. (AIR NEWS)