Purana Quila, India Gate, Qutab Minar...what do all of these remind you of? The rich and colorful cultural history of Delhi. The land that saw the rise and fall of so many dynasties, absorbed and retained the impressions of each reign and became the city that it is now. Butdespite that, the Capital is not a part of the Unesco World Heritage Cities.
In order to promote the city as a tourist hub and to nominate it as a World Heritage City, the Delhi chapter of INTACH organised programmes and competitions across 34 schools in Delhi to create awareness. They also launched the literature of Delhi Tourism that covers all the heritage sites in Delhi and is a part of World Monumaent’s Funds, Sustainable Tourism Initiative.
The publication was launched by chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
‘Culture is like the root of a tree. If the root dries up, the tree dies. So being a proud citizen of Delhi, it is our responsibility to know and learn about our culture and Delhi and preserve it,’ said LK Gupta of INTACH.
The awareness programme was started in April last year and students from several schools across the city participated in the event which had several categories like painting, poster making, short film making, essay writing and photography, all of which was based on Delhi and its culture. Students showcased their talents in these fields and produced some thoughtful works.
The winners in each section were awarded by Dikshit. Posters and paintings created by students have been printed as cards, postcards and posters and will be distributed by INTACH and DTTDC.