Mughal Gardens Slated To Be Included Into UNESCO World Heritage List

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has started preparing a dossier on the six Mughal Gardens in the Kashmir Valley in a bid to empanel them in the list of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) mandated world heritage sites.

The administration is keenly interested in the development of Mughal gardens. Recently, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir (UT) Manoj Sinha issued orders on the upgradation of restoration work of the six Mughal Gardens including Nishat, Shalimar, Cheshmashahi, Pari Mahal, Achabal and Veerinag.

“The Department of Floriculture in consultation with known professional reworked eight gardens of Jammu and Kashmir between 2005-2011,” said Farooq Ahmad Rather, Director, Department of Floriculture, Jammu and Kashmir.

Rather said, “With the help of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) survey experts of UNESCO visited the valley to see the heritage value of Mughal gardens. Later in 2011, six of these gardens were in the tentative list of Heritage sites presented by the UNESCO.”

“Currently, the Jammu and Kashmir administration with a consultation team is preparing a dossier which will be presented to the UNESCO,” said Rather.

On being asked about its benefits, Rather said, “These gardens are part of our heritage and we have to preserve the same at any cost.”

“After the historical Mughal garden makes it to the UNESCO’s heritage site list, it will eventually boost the tourism industry here,” he added.

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