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A visionary approach for a sustainable tourism infrastructure

Delhi, India
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The city of Delhi contains a multitude of important historic structures, including the World Heritage sites of Qutb Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, and the Red Fort. Other significant monuments, such as the Old Fort and Jama Masjid, are on popular tourist circuits, and yet many equally significant sites are tucked into the sprawling city, lying outside of most visitors’ itineraries.

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In preparation for the XIX Commonwealth Games, held in October 2010, the Delhi Chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) proposed the creation of a network of heritage routes to highlight the city’s rich history. WMF sponsored this initiative through a grant awarded by American Express. (...)

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The Delhi Heritage Route represents a visionary approach for the understanding of the mechanics of tourist circulation around a city that, for most visitors, has conjured up images of romantic chaos. WMF has worked closely with local partners in Delhi to develop this much-needed heritage route, and the project has succeeded in fostering the participation of many stakeholders. (...)

World Monuments FundThe Many Wonders of India
April, 2012

Since 1995, World Monuments Fund has worked in India on projects addressing conservation needs at diverse heritage sites, and 31 sites have been included on the World Monuments Watch. For many of these sites, WMF was able to secure funding and assist in the improved conservation and stewardship of these important cultural treasures. Amita Baig, World Monuments Fund Representative in India, discusses a selection of projects and Watch sites, including work on the Delhi Heritage Route, Balaji Ghat, and a new project focusing on documentation and conservation of the heritage of Madhya Pradesh, often called the heart of India.

World Monuments FundWorld Monuments Fund: 2010 Priority Projects
October, 2010

An overview of several projects which represent our priorities in 2010 and reflect the varied approaches we take to our five core program areas: Advocacy, Education & Training, Cultural Legacy, Capacity Building and Disaster Recovery. Narrated by WMF's Lisa Ackerman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.


Heritage Route Project

A generous grant in 2008 from the World Monument Fund’s Sustainable Tourism initiative sponsored by the American Express enabled the Indian National Trust for Art and Cutural Heritage (INTACH) to undertake detailed studies of heritage sites along specific heritage routes. Known as the Delhi Heritage Route project, a comprehensive exhibition was installed in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) called Delhi: A Living Heritage.This exhibition catalyzed great awareness among citizens and decision-makers about the extraordinary variety and depth of Delhi’s heritage and set the stage to nominate Delhi as a World Heritage City.

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Delhi's Undiscovered Dimension - History
The Washington Post, Friday, February 25, 2011
Much-Lived City
Business Standard, Saturday, November 20, 2010
No Games Plan for Delhi Durbar
Times of India, Thursday, August 26, 2010