World Heritage Day is embarked as the international day to increase the awareness for the need of collective efforts to preserve and value the globes cultural heritage. The day was established on April 18 by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on its 22nd general conference in 1983. The day encourages people and diverse communities to know, respect and conserve our monuments and heritage sites. The day also throws light to realize the vulnerability of our historical monuments and urges us to preserve them. Every year World Heritage Day arrives with different themes and looking ahead to the Olympics in Brazil, this year’s theme is ‘The Heritage of Sport’.
International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has quoted the father of modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin: “Sports is part of every man and women’s heritage and its absence can never be compensated for” on the occasion. Many events like visiting monuments and sites, conferences, exhibitions, promotional activities are organized all across the globe to celebrate the day. However, entry fee for World Heritage Monuments in India, including the Taj Mahal will probably shoot up as Agra Development Authority (ADA) has increased its share following the hike in ticket cost by Archeological Survey of India (ASI). India presently has 32 cultural and natural sites enlisted in the World Heritage list.