UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India


UNESCO World Heritage Sites in INDIA

Total number of UNESCO World Heritage Site in India is 37 (1 mixed, 7 Natural and 29 Cultural). Until the end of 2004, World Heritage sites were selected on the basis of six cultural and four natural criteria.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place that is listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as of special cultural or physical significance. World Heritage is the designation for places on Earth that are of outstanding universal value to humanity and as such, have been inscribed on the World Heritage List to be protected for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.

Until the end of 2004, World Heritage sites were selected on the basis of six cultural and four natural criteria. The criteria are regularly revised by the Committee to reflect the evolution of the World Heritage concept itself.

List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India:

Serial No.NameRegion
01KazirangaAssam , India
02Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, AssamAssam , India
03Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya, BiharBihar , India
04Humayun s Tomb, DelhiDelhi , India
05Qutb Minar and its Monuments, DelhiDelhi , India
06Red Fort ComplexDelhi , India
07Churches and Convents of GoaVelha Goa (Old Goa) Goa India
08Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, GujaratGujarat , India
09Group of Monuments at HampiBallari district Karnataka, India
10Group of Monuments at PattadakalBagalkot District Karnataka, India
11Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi, Madhya PradeshMadhya Pradesh, India
12Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, Madhya PradeshMadhya Pradesh , India
13Khajuraho Group of Monuments, Madhya PradeshMadhya Pradesh , India
14Ajanta CavesMaharashtra , India
15Ellora CavesMaharashtra , India
16Elephanta CavesMaharashtra , India
17Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)Maharashtra , India
18Sun Temple, KonrakPuri District Odisha, India
19Keoladeo National ParkBharatpur Rajasthan , India
20Jantar Mantar, JaipurJaipur Rajasthan , India
21Great Living Chola TemplesBrihadeeswarar temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram Tamil Nadu, India
Airavateshwarar Temple, Darasuram , Tamil Nadu , India
Brihadeeswarar Temple Thanjavur , Tamil Nadu , India
22Group of Monuments at MahabalipuramMahabalipuram ,Tamil Nadu , India
23Agra Fort, Uttar PradeshUttar Pradesh , India
24Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar PradeshUttar Pradesh , India
25Taj Mahal, Uttar PradeshUttar Pradesh , India
26Mountain Railways of IndiaDarjeeling Himalayan Railway (1999), Darjeeling , West Bengal , India
Nilgiri Mountain Railway (2005) Ooty , Tamil Nadu , India
Kalka-Shimla Railway , Himachal Pradesh (2008) India
27Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National ParksChamoli District , Uttarakhand , India
28Sundarbans National ParkWest Bengal (India)
29Western GhatsAgasthyamalai Sub-Cluster
Periyar Sub-Cluster
Anamalai Sub-Cluster
Nilgiri Sub-Cluster
Talakaveri Sub-Cluster (five properties)
Kudremukh Sub-Cluster (five properties)
Sahyadri Sub-Cluster
30Hill Forts of RajasthanChittorgarh
Amber Sub-Cluster
31Rani ki vav (The Queen's Stepwell)Patan, Gujarat , India
32Great Himalayan National ParkHimachal Pradesh , India
33NalandaBihar , India
34Khangchendzonga National ParkSikkim , India
35The Architectural Work Of Le CorbusierChandigarh , India
36Historic City of AhmadabadAhmedabad , Gujarat , India

Important Points :

  • The first city of India to declared as the World Heritage City is Ahmedabad July 8, 2017.
  • Three new sites added in 2016 : Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) in Bihar ,The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier in Chandigarh and Khangchendzonga National Park in Sikkim.
  • World Heritage Sites in India that are recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as of 2017.
  • India’sfirst 2 sites inscribed on the list in 1983 were the Agra Fort and the Ajanta Caves
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