World Tourism Day: Ahmedabad Is India's Best Heritage City
Gujarat's Ahmedabad, known for its age-old architecture and Indo-Islamic monumental art, has been ranked the country's Best Heritage City at the National Tourism Awards on September 27, which is celebrated as the World Tourism Day across the world. Ahmedabad is also India's first UNESCO World Heritage City.
The city shared the top spot with Madhya Pradesh's Mandu.
Conservation is the key
The tourism ministry lauded the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation for its conservation policies and for its efforts to create awareness. The corporation has worked towards creating people-centric urban conservation since 1996. It was also the first in the country to establish a heritage cell, which allowed in creating awareness, framing heritage regulations, conservation and restoration of invaluable heritage buildings in the city.
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On the other hand, Mandu's local authority and the locals were applauded for their consistent efforts to conserve and keep clean the city's heritage. According to the city's citation, each of Mandu's structures is an architectural gem, including its palaces and mosques.
Delhi's Qutub Minar, which is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, has been awarded the top ranking for being a differently-abled friendly structure. The monument has installed amenities that offer ease of access to the differently-abled. Delhi's The Ashok and The Lalit hotels have also been awarded for their efforts made to make their structure differently-abled friendly.
Sky is the limit
Another feather was added to Ahmedabad's cap when the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the city's international airport, was awarded as the Best Tourist-Friendly Airport among major cities of India. "The geographic location of the airport makes it suitable for connectivity to major important international and domestic destinations," the aviation ministry said.
Indore's Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport was the best in the 'rest of India' category. "The state-of-the-art integrated terminal building of Indore airport has world-class facilities and services," the aviation ministry said.
The Ahmedabad international airport was also recently awarded the 'Most Improved Airport' in the Asia-Pacific region for the year 2017 by the Airports Council International while Indore's airport was the 'Best Airport by Region' among those handing under 20 lakh passengers annually.