World Heritage Day – Explore the Glorious Past with Future Tech

Madhya Pradesh Revolutionizes Heritage Tourism with Cutting-Edge Technology

As part of celebrations of World Heritage Day, Madhya Pradesh Tourism is charting significant technological innovations at the state’s UNESCO-listed and tentative heritage sites. These initiatives exemplify the ongoing commitment to heritage conservation and aim to enhance the visitor experience through cutting-edge technology. MP serves as a perfect example of the official theme for World Heritage Day 2024 “Discover and experience diversity“.

Madhya Pradesh, a state revered for its rich cultural tapestry and diversity hosts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites including The Khajuraho Group of Monuments, celebrated for their intricate erotic sculptures; the Stupas at Sanchi, one of the oldest stone structures in India symbolizing Buddhism; and the prehistoric Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, with ancient rock paintings depicting early human life. The Tentative List expands the cultural panorama with 10 sites like the scenic Bedhaghat-Lametaghat in Jabalpur, the architecturally significant Mandu Group of Monuments, the historic ensemble of Orchha showcasing grand temples and palaces, the biodiversity-rich Satpura Tiger Reserve, Gwalior Fort with its robust history, the innovative water management system of Khooni Bhandara in Burhanpur, the Rock Art Sites of the Chambal Valley revealing ancient artistic expressions, the monumental Bhojeshwar Mahadev Temple in Bhojpur, culturally rich Gond monuments of Ramnagar, Mandla, and the historic ensemble of Dhamnar illustrating monastic traditions. These sites collectively highlight Madhya Pradesh’s deep historical roots and diverse cultural heritage.

Among these advancements, QR code-based audio guides now offer detailed narratives at major museums and monuments, enriching visitor interactions and understanding. It provides a deep historical insight about the Sanchi, Orchha and Bhojpur.

Additionally, spectacular lights and sound shows have been introduced in several cities including Sanchi (where tourists can dwell in the rich Buddhist history from the second century), Orchha (The land of Raja Ram where the lord is worshipped as a King), Mandu (The love story of Baz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati) and many more mind-boggling stories from Indore, Gwalior, Khajuraho, Pachmarhi, Burhanpur, and Chanderi. These shows blend historical insights with captivating audio-visual effects, bringing the vibrant history of these areas to life under the stars.

Further technological enhancements include the procurement of information with Augmented and Virtual reality (AR & VR) with Oculus devices, integration of WhatsApp for convenience, online ticket booking systems for easier access, and Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping to meticulously document and preserve the state’s monuments. Under the National Monument Mission (NMM), Madhya Pradesh is also pioneering digital preservation techniques. MP’s recent initiatives involve 3D scanning and digitalization of key sites, ensuring their longevity and continued relevance for future generations.

Principal Secretary Tourism and Culture Department and Managing Director, MP Tourism Board Mr. Sheo Shekhar Shukla (IAS) has invited global and local visitors to explore these historical marvels and rediscover the heritage of the state. ‘MP Tourism continues to create awareness to safeguard and celebrate the state’s cultural legacy, making it accessible to everyone through innovation and technology,” he said.

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