Six historical heritage sites of Madhya Pradesh included in UNESCO tentative list

Bhopal: UNESCO has included six tourist places of Madhya Pradesh in its tentative list. These tourist places are Gwalior Fort, Historical Group of Dhamnar, Bhojeshwar Mahadev Temple-Bhojpur, Rock Art Sites of Chambal Valley, Khooni Bhandara, Burhanpur and Ramnagar and Gond Memorial of Mandla.

Chief Minister Dr. Mohan Yadav said that the great culture and civilization of Madhya Pradesh is also getting established on the world stage.

Principal Secretary Tourism and Culture and Managing Director MP Tourism Board Sheo Shekhar Shukla said that this is a matter of pride for the state. The inclusion of names in the list will increase awareness about the destination, increase the number of tourists and also give it a global identity. The process of nomination of these historical heritage sites was done by the Board for nomination in UNESCO’s Tentative List.

Gwalior Fort – Gwalior Fort, known for its impenetrable security in Gwalior, is situated on a hill, from where a beautiful view of the city and its surroundings is visible. With its 10 meter high walls, the fort is adorned with exquisite sculptures and remarkable architecture.

Dhamnar Historical Group- Dhamnar Caves are located in Dhamnar village of Mandsaur district. This rock-cut site has 51 caves, stupas, chaityas, passageways and dense dwellings and was built in the 7th century AD. The site includes a colossal statue of Gautam Buddha in a sitting and nirvana posture.

Bhojeshwar Mahadev Temple, Bhojpur- Located about 28 km from the capital Bhopal, Bhojeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Rock Art Site of the Chambal Valley – The world’s largest collection of rock art sites originating from various historical periods and civilizations in the Chambal Basin and central India.

Khooni Bhandara, Burhanpur- One of its kind water supply system Khooni or Kundi Bhandara is situated in Burhanpur, which was constructed 407 years ago and is still operational and useful for the people.

Gond Memorial, Mandla, Ramnagar – Ramnagar in Mandla district used to be the stronghold of Gond kings. In 1667, Gond king Hriday Shah had built Moti Mahal on the banks of river Narmada.

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