After three days of substantive discussions on an ambitious agenda, and a day's excursion to the hostoric Kumbalgarh fort and Ranakpur temple today, the first Sherpa meeting of India’s G20 Presidency came to a successful conclusion. The meeting saw full and active participation by G20 Members, 9 Guest countries and 14 International Organizations.
2. The excursion to the magnificent Kumbhalgarh fort, a UNESCO world heritage site, perched on the majestic Aravalli hills, held the G20 delegates in thrall. Built in the 15th century AD by Rana Kumbha, surrounded by a massive wall stretching over 36 kms, the grand citadel provides a beautiful view of the surroundings. The delegates toured the historic ruins, terraces and temples of the fort. Over 200 kites were kept flying over the fort during the tour.
3. Delegates thereafter visited the 15th century architectural marvel - the Ranakpur temple - located on the banks of the River Maghai. With intricate designs and architectural finesse, the temple complex encompasses the Parshavanath Temple, Chaumukha Temple, Surya Temple and the Amba Mata Temple. Delegates got a rich feel of and glimpse into Rajasthan's vibrant history and unbroken traditions continuing for millennia.
4. With a blend of productive discussions on an action-oriented decisive agenda, and a unique cultural experience of the many flavours of Rajasthan, the first Sherpa meeting has set the tone for forthcoming meetings in 32 different G20 workstreams, including the Sherpa Track, Finance Track and Engagement Groups. The substantive discussions on prevailing global challenges, and the warm hospitality with the motto ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’, resonated throughout the G20 Sherpas meeting and was highly appreciated by all delegates.