Two Indian wonders on the World Heritage List

By Shehina Hidayat

The city of Dolavira in Gujarat has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Map. This marked the end of an eight-year wait. After Champaner in Gujarat, Rani Ki Vav in Patan and the historic city of Ahmedabad, Dolavira became a place of historical importance.

This is the second recognition India has received in a week. On July 25, the Ramappa Temple in Warangal, Telangana, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage site. In 2014, the Government of India registered Dolavira’s representation.

The ancient city was discovered by researchers in 1967. It is the second largest center in Harappa after Rakhigaurhi in India, which was first excavated in 1989-90. Experts say that people lived here from 3000 to 1200 BC.

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Experts say that Dolavira is the second Harappa site in South Asia and the first in India after Mohenjo-daro in Pakistan.

“ This news is one of the most gratifying, as well as an important city associated with our past, ” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

He added that this is definitely a place to visit for those interested in history, culture, and archeology. The prime minister also tweeted that he had visited Dolavira when he was a student and was very surprised.

“When I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, I had the opportunity to work on heritage conservation and restoration in Dolavira,” Modi tweeted.

Gujarat’s Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that this is a proud moment for Gujarat. It is the 40th city inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Union Minister of Culture G Kishan Reddy tweeted.

“Today is a proud day for India, especially for the people of Gujarat,” he said.

Former Deputy Superintendent of Archeology, Archaeological Survey of India, Dr. SKR El. Bisht said.

“The city is truly a world heritage site and a window to the past,” he said. “We have learned a lot about the Harappan culture from Dolavira and we will continue to do so,” he said.

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