Recognizing its unique heritage value, the walled city of Ahmedabad which is more than 600 years old was declared India’s first World Heritage City by UNESCO. This historic declaration was issued at the 41st session the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meeting in Krakow, Poland on Saturday July 08, 2017.
Ahmedabad’s nomination was supported by 20 countries, including Turkey, Lebanon, Tunisia, Portugal, Peru Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Finland, Azerbaijan, Jamaica, Croatia, Poland, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Korea, Angola and Cuba.
The 5.5 km walled city area with an approximate population of four lakhs living in century old wooden residences in around 600 pols or neighbourhoods, is regarded as living heritage and the UNESCO had preferred Ahmedabad’s entry over Delhi and Mumbai, the two main metro cities in the country.
There are 2600 heritage sites and over two dozen ASI (Archeological Survey of India) protected monuments in the walled city. In the walled city the dominant Hindu, Islamic and Jain communities peacefully coexists. Besides its architectural marvels, the city was the epic center of non-violent freedom struggle spear-headed by Mahatma Gandhi that led to the country’s independence in 1947.
Other cities from the subcontinent which hold the world heritage tag are Bhaktpur in Nepal and Galle in Sri Lanka.
You can read more about the city of Ahmedabad from the links below:
Ahmedabad – Part I : Bhadra Fort and Teen Darwaza
Ahmedabad – Part II : The Pols and Havelis
Ahmedabad – Part III : The Swaminarayan Temple at Kalupur
Ahmedabad – Part IV: The Hutheesing Jain Temple
Ahmedabad – Part V: Jama Masjid & Mausoleums
Ahmedabad – Part VI: Sidi Saiyyed Mosque
Ahmedabad – Part VII: Rani Rupamati’s Mosque
Ahmedabad – Part VIII: Rani Sipri’s Mosque and Tomb
Ahmedabad – Part IX: The Pattharwali Masjid or Qutbuddin’s Mosque
Ahmedabad – Part X: Sidi Bashir Mosque and the Shaking Minarets
Ahmedabad – Part XI: Raj Babri Mosque and the Mausoleum of Bibiji
Ahmedabad – Part XII: Kankaria Lake and the Dutch Tombs
Ahmedabad – Part XIII: Dada Hari Vav
Ahmedabad – Part XIV: Sabarmati Ashram