Leh: The Commissioner/Secretary of Tourism & Culture, UT Ladakh Kacho Mehboob Ali Khan graced the inaugural ceremony of World Heritage Week in the esteemed presence of Padma Shree Morup Namgyal and special guest Rev. Elijah Spalbar Gergan.
The event took place at the historic Ancient Palace in Leh, setting the stage for a week-long celebration of historical and cultural richness and heritage.
World Heritage Week is scheduled to be observed from 19th November to 25th November 2023 organized by the Archaeological Survey of India, Mini Circle, Leh. This event aims to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the historical treasures that define Ladakh’s past and its cultural tapestry.
The ceremony witnessed the convergence of personalities from various fields, uniting for preservation and promotion of the rich heritage of Ladakh. Socio-religious leaders and students from schools participated in the inaugural session of World Heritage Week and visited the photo exhibition.
Commissioner/Secretary Kacho Mehboob Ali Khan, in his address, highlighted the importance of identifying the tangible & intangible historical, cultural and geographical heritage of Ladakh and work for safeguarding them.
He emphasised on the importance of passing on the knowledge of tangible and intangible heritage of Ladakh to its young generation so that these invaluable assets are preserved, protected and promoted. He stated that every individual has a role to play in making these assets to survive and also propagate their legacy for understanding Ladakh and its people through these assets.
Padma Shree Morup Namgyal shared insights into the importance of recognizing and protecting heritage sites. The special guest for the occasion, Rev. Elijag Spalbar Gergan stressed on the cultural and historical significance embedded in the heritage of Ladakh.
The week-long celebration will feature a series of events, including interactive sessions, and photo exhibitions, all designed to engage the community and visitors alike in the exploration of Ladakh’s cultural wealth.
The Archaeological Survey of India, Mini Circle, Leh, extends a warm invitation to residents and tourists to participate in the various activities planned throughout World Heritage Week. The event not only celebrates the past but also envisions a future where Ladakh’s cultural heritage continues to thrive.
As the curtains rise on World Heritage Week in Leh, it is an opportunity for all to come together and be part of the collective endeavor to preserve and cherish the invaluable treasures that define the cultural identity of Ladakh.
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