WMF India

Established in 2015, WMF India serves as a local representative for WMF, assisting with project management and outreach.

World Monuments Fund has had a significant presence in India for over 20 years since the inception of the Watch. Its earliest project was the study and stabilisation of Jaisalmer Fort. Work continued here for over 15 years until the site was deemed in a good enough condition to close our involvement. Many other sites across India have received funding and technical support over the years. These include: Pardesi Synagogue in Kochi, Taj Mahal, The Krishnadevaraya Temple in the World Heritage site of Hampi, and the Dwarkadeesh Temple in Ahmadabad following extensive earthquake damage. 

At two Gompas in Ladakh, namely Basgo and Sumda Chun, WMF has had a presence for almost 6 years and both have received UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for excellence in conservation. Sites such as St John’s Church in Kolkata, Delhi Heritage Route and Bihariji Temple in Amber are other notable sites where there has been a significant presence.

Currently, WMF India is working in: 

  • Balaji Ghat, Varanasi is a project underway in partnership with INTACH and it will be on its completion a major cultural centre. 
  • Osmania Women’s College the former British Residency Hyderabad
  • The Mughal Riverfront Gardens of Agra
  • Gon Nila Phuk Caves at Saspol Ladakh 

Through the Watch, many sites in India have garnered national and international attention. Champaner in Gujarat was listed as a World Heritage Site as was Jaisalmer as part of the Forts of Rajasthan World Heritage Site, Bikaner Historic Havelis, Rajasthan, are now part of the state tourism initiative, Chettinad Havelis in Tamil Nadu are on India’s World Heritage Tentative list; Bagh e Hafiz in Punjab has since seen extensive restoration as has Quila Mubarak, Punjaband the Opera House in Mumbai

WMF India was set up to partner with international and national organizations as well as donors to focus on heritage conservation projects and awareness programmes in India.

Board of Directors:

  • Gaj Singhji Jodhpur(Chairman of the Board)
  • BahramVakil
  • Rahul Bhagat
  • Dr. RashmiPoddar
  • Sangita Jindal
  • Dr. Vijay Anand

Senior Advisor

  • Swati Apte
WMF India
Unit No.6, Flr-Grd, Plot 126, Neeru Silk Mills,
Harishchandra L Nagaonkar Marg, Mathuradas Mill Compound,
Lower Parel, Delisle Road, Mumbai 400 013
In Focus

Our Local Projects

Completed waterway at the I'timad-ud-Daulah Tomb, 2018
Priority Project

The Mughal Gardens of Agra

Agra, India
One of the most important historic features of the city of Agra is the gardens that line the banks of the Yamuna River.
Lal Bagh Palace exterior, 2019
Active Project

Lal Bagh Palace

Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
An iconic palace of nineteenth-century India will serve as a model for conservation and sustainable management of palaces.
Active Project

Balaji Ghat

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Dating from 1735, Balaji Ghat is located on the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi, one of the world’s oldest continuously occupied cities and an important Hindu pilgrimage destination.
Front facade and portico, August 2000
Active Project

Osmania Women's College

Hyderabad, India
Osmania Women’s College has a gripping history and an important modern function, but years of decline and faulty repair put its structural stability at risk.
Active Project

Madhya Pradesh Cultural Heritage Project

Various Cities, India
Madhya Pradesh, the second largest state in India, is located in the center of the country and is filled with heritage sites of great cultural importance chronicling the history of the region.
Gon-Nila-Phuk Cave Temples and Fort
Active Project

Gon-Nila-Phuk Cave Temples and Fort

Saspol, Ladakh, India
The Gon-Nila-Phuk cave temples contain Buddhist wall paintings of exquisite artistic and spiritual significance, but they are endangered by the menacing disintegration of the surrounding rock.