40th World Heritage Site of India

UNESCO has recently announced that Dholavira, the Harappan City in the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List as the 40th world heritage site of India. Dholavira is the first site of the Indus valley civilization included on the coveted list.

(For more about all World heritage sites in India please read the post: World Heritage Site in India)

India’s nomination of Dholavira, the Harappan City in the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat has been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

  • India submitted the nomination dossier for Dholavira: A Harappan city to the World Heritage Centre in January 2020.
  • This site was on the UNESCO’s tentative list since 2014.
About Dholavira:

A Harappan city is one of the very few well-preserved urban settlements in South Asia dating from the 3rd to mid-2nd millennium BCE.

  • Discovered by Jagat Pati Joshi in 1968.
  • Dholavira is the 5th largest metropolis of Indus Valley Civilization Site after Mohenjodaro, Genweriwala, Harappa, and Rakhigarhi.
  • It is located on the tropic of cancer.
  • It is located on the Khadir bet island in the Kachch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary in Great Rann of Kachchh.
  • Trade: Trade within the country as well as external trade to Megan, and the Mesopotamian region.
  • Archaeological Findings: Terracotta pottery, beads, Seals, Gold and copper ornaments, animal figurines, fish hooks, tools, urns, as well as imported vessels.


Here we got some sources for the news confirmation of the 40th world heritage site of India: 

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi tweeted, “Absolutely delighted by this news. Dholavira was an important urban center and is one of our most important linkages with our past. It is a must-visit, especially for those interested in history, culture, and archaeology.”


The Union Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Sri G Kishan Reddy shared this news on Twitter shortly after the announcement. This follows a few days after the Rudreswara Temple, (also known as the Ramappa Temple) at Palampet, Mulugu district, Telangana State becoming the 39th World Heritage Centre in India.

40th World Heritage Site of India

Reference: http://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/IN



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