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Introduction

Time, for our heritage seems to run directly parallel to its deterioration; rebelling to this statement, Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Archaeological Survey of India came up with an initiative called “Adopt A Heritage – Apni Dharohar; Apni Pehchaan” under which the Government invites “Monument Mitras” – Entities, including Public Sector Companies, Private Sector Firms as well as Individuals to develop and maintain the heritage and tourist sites across India.

Devbhoomi – Uttarakhand is a land full of culture and history, thus making its heritage rich with diversity. Taking part in this noble initiative, Uttarakhand also invites such “Monument Mitras” for conserving the everlasting glory for some of the carefully chosen sites (on the basis of tourist footfall and visibility) that the state holds.

Development of these tourist sites could call for providing and maintaining basic amenities such as drinking water, ease of access for the differently abled and senior citizens, standardized signage, cleanliness, public conveniences and illumination, along with advanced amenities such as surveillance systems, night viewing facilities and tourism facilitation centres, etc.

Heritage sites mean the work of nature and/or mankind, in synergy and thus earn their universal value from the historic, aesthetic, ethnological and anthropological point of view. This initiative attempts to bring people forward to believe in the fight against time; to conserve our heritage.

Sites available under this scheme

Chaainsheel Bangan, Uttarkashi

Narayan Koti Temple, Rudraprayag

Deeba Danda and Gujrugarhi, Pauri

Crank’s Ridge (Kasar Devi), Almora

Pithoragarh Fort, Pithoragarh

Sati Ghat (Kankhal), Haridwar

How to be a Monument Mitra

Select Tourist Places

Submit Expression of Interest

Shortlisting of EoI

Vision Bidding of Evaluation

Selection of Monument Mitra

Signing of MoU

Adopt a Heritage presentation (Uttarakhand)

Register interest to be a ‘Monument Mitra’

Know More about the Scheme

UTDB

George Everest Estate – House of the first surveyor general of India

This Estate marks the importance for the first Surveyor General of India and thus receives its essence through the same.
Built in 1832, this house is known today as Sir George Everest’s House and Laboratory or Park House, signifying the importance of his workplace. The house is situated in Park Estate itself, about 6 kilometers from the west end of the Mall Road in Mussoorie.

The property is also a host to some unusual objects and miniature architecture, the story to which is still a mystery. The location of this place is perfectly integrated between the panoramic views of Doon Valley and the snow covered mountains.

George Everest’s most significant work was the Great Trigonometric Survey of the Indian subcontinent. This was an effort to survey the humungous country precisely with scientific research. This Survey measured the heights of the greatest Himalayan Mountains – the Mount Everest, K2 and Kanchenjunga. Yet another major accomplishment of Sir Everest was the first accurate measurement of a section of an arc of a longitude.

Maa Raj Rajeshwari Devi Temple, Devalgarh

Devalgarh is a significant part of Uttarakhand’s history and Maa Raj Rajeshwari Temple was built by King Ajay Pal in the Year 1512. The temple is known to attract a large number of devotees who come here to seek blessings from the Goddess and get their wishes granted by her. (A mythological yet strong belief)
It is also significant from the Archaeological point of view – being a wonder perched at ~4000m, containing secret passage ways inside the structure which were built under the King in his time and also showcases exquisite ancient Garhwali architecture that once adorns this beautiful town.

Moreover, a large festival/fair is organized here during the harvest season, which puts Uttarakhand’s native culture on the forefront.

Gartang Gali - Nelong Valley, Uttarkashi

With a Ladakh like landscape, Nelong Valley is not only rich with natural beauty but also houses remnants of the treacherous Indo-China trade route, whereas Gartang Gali is a 105m long skywalk situated at an altitude of 11000 ft above sea level and was also once, a part of the Indo-Tibetan trade route.

Post the Indo-China war in 1962, the bridge was declared off limits and the valley too has left the modern-world tourists in curiosity of its story. NOW, this skywalk will be opened for tourists after 55 years and has a grand potential to be developed into a adventurous gem.

The picturesque valley also, in totality holds a tremendous potential to be developed into a niche tourism destination which would attract thousands of tourists and nature enthusiasts. This site will also be intriguing for a wider demographic since the Austrian mountaineers, Heinrich Harrer (Tutor to the young Dalai Lama) and Peter Aufschnaiter are associated with Gartang (They were imprisoned by the British), who after escaping imprisonment, captured the story of this region in their famous book, “Seven Years in Tibet”.

George Everest Estate – House of the first surveyor general of India

This Estate marks the importance for the first Surveyor General of India and thus receives its essence through the same.
Built in 1832, this house is known today as Sir George Everest’s House and Laboratory or Park House, signifying the importance of his workplace. The house is situated in Park Estate itself, about 6 kilometers from the west end of the Mall Road in Mussoorie.

The property is also a host to some unusual objects and miniature architecture, the story to which is still a mystery. The location of this place is perfectly integrated between the panoramic views of Doon Valley and the snow covered mountains.

George Everest’s most significant work was the Great Trigonometric Survey of the Indian subcontinent. This was an effort to survey the humungous country precisely with scientific research. This Survey measured the heights of the greatest Himalayan Mountains – the Mount Everest, K2 and Kanchenjunga. Yet another major accomplishment of Sir Everest was the first accurate measurement of a section of an arc of a longitude.

Maa Raj Rajeshwari Devi Temple, Devalgarh

Devalgarh is a significant part of Uttarakhand’s history and Maa Raj Rajeshwari Temple was built by King Ajay Pal in the Year 1512. The temple is known to attract a large number of devotees who come here to seek blessings from the Goddess and get their wishes granted by her. (A mythological yet strong belief)
It is also significant from the Archaeological point of view – being a wonder perched at ~4000m, containing secret passage ways inside the structure which were built under the King in his time and also showcases exquisite ancient Garhwali architecture that once adorns this beautiful town.

Moreover, a large festival/fair is organized here during the harvest season, which puts Uttarakhand’s native culture on the forefront.

Gartang Gali - Nelong Valley, Uttarkashi

With a Ladakh like landscape, Nelong Valley is not only rich with natural beauty but also houses remnants of the treacherous Indo-China trade route, whereas Gartang Gali is a 105m long skywalk situated at an altitude of 11000 ft above sea level and was also once, a part of the Indo-Tibetan trade route.

Post the Indo-China war in 1962, the bridge was declared off limits and the valley too has left the modern-world tourists in curiosity of its story. NOW, this skywalk will be opened for tourists after 55 years and has a grand potential to be developed into a adventurous gem.

The picturesque valley also, in totality holds a tremendous potential to be developed into a niche tourism destination which would attract thousands of tourists and nature enthusiasts. This site will also be intriguing for a wider demographic since the Austrian mountaineers, Heinrich Harrer (Tutor to the young Dalai Lama) and Peter Aufschnaiter are associated with Gartang (They were imprisoned by the British), who after escaping imprisonment, captured the story of this region in their famous book, “Seven Years in Tibet”.

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