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Jaipur to celebrate the World Heritage Day with a heritage walk
In Jaipur, World Heritage Day (WHD) is going be observed on April 18 by organizing a heritage walk to various monuments under the theme "Heritage of Commemoration". The aim of the heritage walk is to create awareness among Jaipurites to conserve and protect the valuable historical and cultural heritage though collective efforts.

According to the organizers of the heritage walk, the rich heritage and culture of the Pink City can be best experienced through a well-organized and purposeful walk. On can experience and discover some of the architectural wonders and living traditions of Jaipur through a heritage walk of a few hours.

It may be recalled that the first WHD was celebrated on 18 April 1982 by the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in Tunisia. The observance was approved in 1983 by UNESCO as at global level. Currently, heritage walks, nature walks, awareness camps and social functions are organized across the world on WHD.

According to ICOMOS, monuments and sites, through their authenticity and integrity, contribute to the commemoration and transmission of values which include history. The theme of WHD this year provides an opportunity to present those constructions that have been intentionally created with the purpose of commemorating an event, a person, an idea, etc. 

Explaining the theme ICOMOS says that the "heritage of commemoration" takes a variety of forms such as engraved inscriptions, mausoleums of exceptional architecture or works of monumental sculpture, more modest elements reflecting vernacular traditions or dedicated landscapes such as cemeteries or memorial gardens.

This kind of heritage is found in every town and as well in the country side since it also includes ruins, industrial vestiges accompanied by dedication plaques, or public squares whose errection commemorates a historical event or individuals. I think that local educational institutions should carry out the heritage study projects on this day to rediscover the social and cultural development of the area around them.

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