April 18 is annually observed as the International Day for Monuments and Sites (IDMS), also known as World Heritage Day. This day is celebrated to remind the citizens about beautiful places or heritage sites in our country. Also, to give importance and recognition to architects, engineers, geographers, civil engineers, artists and archaeologists dealing with the site. It aims to bring global attention to conserve monuments and sites. The day is supported by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO has listed 32 sites in India as part of its World Heritage Sites in the world. However, many of us aren’t too familiar with all.

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is a non-governmental organization that works on preserving and conserving historical and archaeological heritage sites worldwide. On April 18, 1982, ICOMOS suggested that the day will be celebrated as the International Day for Monuments and Sites and UNESCO approved the proposal the next year during its 22nd General Conference.

Every year, ICOMOS proposes a theme for the celebrations and activities to do on World Heritage Day. This year’s theme is Rural Landscapes. This theme is linked to ICOMOS Scientific Symposium on Rural heritage which is to take place in October in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Top 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites in India:

 

Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Aurangabad 

Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

 
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Asian Elephants – Elephas maximus ‘Family at dusk’ On Sept 10th 2019, published by Princeton Press, is the latest masterpiece from my Colleague and friend Errol Fuller. Sept 10th 2019 is the UK release date. The USA release date is 13th August, the day after #WorldElephantDay. I am very proud to inform that a selection of my photo work is included throughout this beautiful book alongside other acclaimed wildlife photographers. If any of you are aware of Errol’s literary career you’ll know what to expect. Not only is he respected as a World leading authority on #Extinction and #Endangeredspecies, but he is also an incredible visual artist and has created some of the World most beautiful natural history books . His previous book was co-written with #DavidAttenborough ‘Drawn from Paradise’ which is the critically acclaimed and definitive history of the Birds of Paradise. I highly recommend it. It is a privilege to have contributed and to have a small part in this group of my peers. You can pre-order this book here, or alternatively, I will be setting up a separate pre-order page for anyone who’d like copies signed by myself and Errol upon release. If anyone is interested please leave a comment below and I’ll get on it. Also if you could Share far and wide it would be very much appreciated. Thank you, JH Wildlife on Facebook Endangered Species Coalition Global Dreaming for Rhino and Elephants #ElephantErrolFuller #wildlifephotography #wildlifeofindia #indianwildlifeofficial

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Nanda Devi, Uttarakhand

Khajuraho Temples, Madhya Pradesh